Bundesliga ready to resume in May pending approval from German government
The plan could see matches restart from May 9, with all matches being played behind closed doors.
Germany is considered to be one of the European countries which managed the Covid-19 epidemic but still recorded more than 153,000 confirmed cases and 5,575 deaths.
“The Bundesliga is ready to resume,” said Christian Seifert of the German Football League (DFL) on Thursday. “Either May 9 or a later date.
“It is not in our hands if we return or when. We have several options … for us, what is decisive is what the politicians will decide. It is not up to us to decide when. ”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet the country’s 16 regional leaders on April 30 to discuss the extension or relaxation of the social distancing restrictions currently in effect across the country until Sunday, May 3.
“No one likes to hear that, but it is the truth. We are not in the final stages of this crisis,” she added.
If the government gives the green light to the Bundesliga, the LDF has declared that a maximum of 213 people will be allowed inside a stadium – 98 people on the field and 115 in the stands – while 109 others, including security personnel, be posted outside.
Fans would not be allowed to gather around the stadium.
The Bundesliga is also working with five laboratories to ensure that players receive adequate tests for Covid-19 if the game resumes, including “strict hygiene requirements, rigorous testing and continuous monitoring”.
Each team will have a health and safety officer who will ensure that players are tested regularly and report any positive test to the authorities.
However, the DFL says that a team will not be automatically quarantined if a teammate is found infected with the coronavirus.
“According to the Robert Koch Institute’s management report of April 22, the volume of test capacity is currently 818,000 per week, based on weekly working days. Professional football does not even prove 0.4 % “, the league said in a statement. .
“If for some reason the clubs need fewer tests, the released capacity will also be made available to the public health department.”