Green light for resumption of the Bundesliga on 16 May

Good news for Laurent Jans and Leandro Barreiro: Germany has authorized for May 16 the resumption in camera of its championship, interrupted because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a draft agreement between Angela Merkel and the regions obtained Wednesday .

Good news for Laurent Jans and Leandro Barreiro: Germany has authorized for May 16 the resumption in camera of its championship, interrupted because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a draft agreement between Angela Merkel and the regions obtained Wednesday .

(AFP) – The German League (DFL), which called its general assembly for Thursday, confirmed on Wednesday evening that the first matches will take place on Saturday 16 May. After the green light from political power, the DFL sent a circular letter to the 36 clubs of the first and second divisions. “After assessing all the arguments, the DFL presidium decided today (Wednesday) to resume competition in Bundesliga 1 and 2 from May 16,” said the letter.

“We are happy, this is an important and wonderful signal for the Bundesliga,” said Bayern Munich boss Karl-Heinz Rummenigge on Sky: “It is important that the season is decided on the field, and not on the green carpet” as in France for example, he insisted, while his club is currently leader with four points ahead of Dortmund, nine days to go, and can aim for an eighth consecutive title.

His Dortmund counterpart Hans-Joachim Watzke for his part acknowledged that a stoppage of the championship “would not have been bearable economically for the clubs”. Even if, “playing in front of empty stands will be a huge challenge, especially for a team like Borussia Dortmund which draws a lot of energy from the passion of its supporters”.

300 million euros in TV rights

Dortmund will have to resume at home with the Ruhr derby against Schalke, an encounter which usually unleashes the passions and madness of the 82,000 supporters of Signal Iduna Park. “Playing without spectators is not an ideal solution for anyone,” admitted DFL president Christian Seifert, “but in this crisis which threatens the very survival of certain clubs, it is the only solution”.

More than two months after the interruption of competitions due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Bundesliga will therefore be the first major football championship to be restarted, on the basis of draconian sanitary measures. France has drawn a line under the end of the season last week and England, Spain and Italy hope, at best, to resume in June. Other countries have already set their resumption date, including the small championship of the Faroe Islands (May 9), Serbia (May 30), Croatia (June 6) or even Turkey (June 12).

Cardboard cut-outs with portraits of Borussia Moenchegladbach's supporters are seen at the Borussia Park football stadium in Moenchengladbach, western Germany, on April 16, 2020, amid the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. - Large-scale public events such as football matches will remain banned in Germany until August 31 due to the coronavirus crisis, Berlin said on Wednesday, April 15, 2020, though it did not rule out allowing Bundesliga games to continue behind closed doors. (Photo by Ina FASSBENDER / AFP)

The president of the Union of European Football Associations believes that the European championships are ready to resume in camera. One good reason: to limit the financial crisis caused by the cessation of competitions.

By playing the last nine days, the Bundesliga (D1 and D2) will recover 300 million euros in TV rights. Enough to give a little air to a disaster area, which employs in Germany 56,000 people. To get the green light from the government, the League presented a very comprehensive medical protocol, based on the multiplication of tests for the detection of coronavirus and on countless protective measures. In particular, the teams must isolate themselves one week before the first match.

The danger, although it seems statistically low, has not been ruled out. Dr. Wilhelm Bloch of the Cologne Higher School of Sport warned on Wednesday of the serious consequences that a pulmonary infection can have for professional athletes: “An athlete must take into account the fact that an infection can mean the end of his career, “he warns.

Brazil's and Canada's players line up in an empty stadium prior to the 2020

Several weeks of empty stands: after Italy, whose championship is suspended, the French, Spanish and German football authorities have introduced closed-door measures for their respective championships, faced with the spread of the new coronavirus.

Bayern goalkeeper and captain Manuel Neuer understands that returning to the game is “a huge responsibility” for the players. “People will be watching us from other European countries, actually from all over the world,” said the 2014 world champion with Germany to the Frankfurt daily. FAZ.

The German Football League announced on Monday that ten out of 1,724 people tested in first and second division clubs were positive. The bet to resume football will be won only if this figure remains very low, and that no club is forced to forfeit because of too many infections.

This return of football is far from unanimous in the country. “The state is degrading the health of the population and of sick people in football, it is perverse,” defeated the 2017 world champion of the javelin Johannes Vetter, in an interview with a regional newspaper. In the political world, the criticism came from the green party Les Verts: “We can understand the will to return to normality”, we can read in a press release. “On the other hand, it is not understandable that football obtains these privileges.”


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