Bundesliga return 'pushed back to May 22' by Angela Merkel

Bundesliga return 'pushed back to May 22' by Angela Merkel

Bundesliga return 'pushed back to May 22' by Angela Merkel

The chancellor also said these new allowances will be closely monitored and that it is up to the state authorities to reimpose restrictions for any district that sees 50 or more people infected in every 100,000 over a seven-day period.

Angela Merkel's government on Wednesday gave permission for the top two tiers, which have been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, to resume behind closed doors in the second half of May.

The Premier League is targeting a return to training in small groups from May 18. Bundesliga, could restart matches. It calls for 20,000 tests for the coronavirus to be administered, not just to players but also their families. All players have been tested and will continue to be with 10 out of around 1700 proving positive.

May 15 had been cited by several news outlets as the date in which football could return, although German Football League (DFL) officials will meet later Wednesday to confirm exact dates. A decision will be confirmed when the DFL assembles on Thursday.

La Liga players will be undergoing tests for COVID-19 throughout this week.

The DFL must now set a date for the restart with either the weekend of May 16-17 or the following weekend earmarked.

"Everyone must be clear: we are playing on probation", DFL CEO Christian Seifert said at a press conference in Frankfurt ahead of the restart on 16 May.

Discussions will be had about who will broadcast the matches, as well as crowd control measures with fans outside stadiums during games to be banned.

"It comes with a great responsibility for the clubs and their employees to implement the medical and organizational requirements in a disciplined manner".

"However, in a crisis that threatens the existence of some clubs, it is the only way to ensure the continued existence of the leagues in their current form".

"I believe we can say today that we have the very first phase of the pandemic behind us", Merkel said, adding that Germany had "achieved the goal" of slowing the spread of the virus.

The decision had its detractors.

However, a prominent health expert with Chancellor Merkel's coalition, Karl Lauterbach, slammed the decision as "disappointing and wrong", claiming it is driven by commercial motives.

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