The Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 are expected to resume after the green light from German Chancellor Angela Merkel, but the match between Dresden and Hanover on May 17 in the second level will no longer be disputed due to positive tests for the two unidentified players.
The duo have no symptoms, but the entire team – including supervisory and support staff – are facing a 14-day quarantine period at home, said Dresden on his official website. The club resumed training last Thursday.
Dresden occupies the last place in the division, while Hanover has an outside chance of promotion to the Bundesliga.
The Bundesliga is expected to become the world’s first most popular major sports football league to resume during the global coronavirus pandemic after a two-month hiatus.
In addition to extensive player testing, handshakes and team photos will not take place, and the ball will be disinfected before kick-off, among other safety measures.
Germany, according to statistics released by the World Health Organization on Saturday, recorded 7,369 deaths from coronaviruses, less than 25,000 deaths in European countries in the United Kingdom, Spain, the ‘Italy and France. Screening for coronaviruses in Germany was welcomed during the pandemic.
No fans but cutouts instead
However, there will be no fans during the matches. But fans of Borussia Moenchengladbach can pay $ 20 for a life-size cutout of themselves that will be placed in the stadium seats. Part of the profits go to relief efforts against coronaviruses.
No fans, then, but money from lucrative television rights is very necessary for football clubs, including Germany.
“There is no point in beating around the bush that it is extremely important for the Bundesliga and for individual clubs to get back on the pitch and play,” Lutuna Pfannenstiel, Fortuna Düsseldorf sporting director, told CNN Sport. “We are a league that depends a lot on television money. So to get it, playing is obviously what you have to do.
“There would be a lot of people who do not play, who are not coaches and who are not sitting in big positions – they would also find themselves in a bad economic situation.”
No date has been announced for the official return of the three most prestigious football leagues – the British Premier League, the Spanish Liga and the Italian Serie A.