German chancellor Angela Merkel has announced that Bundesliga football can return to action “in the second half of May”.
Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday [May 6, 2020], Merkel confirmed that the German top tier could resume play as long as teams adhere to strict rules.
The news means that both the 1st Bundesliga and 2nd Bundesliga can move on with their playing schedules from either May 15 or May 22, though German publication Bild reports the former to be more likely.
Having reviewed a safety plan put forward by the leagues, Merkel told the press: “Matches are allowed to be played under the approved rules.”
Following the conclusion of Wednesday’s meeting the German government released the following statement:
“The Federal Chancellor and the heads of government of the federal states consider the continuation of play in the 1st and 2nd Bundesliga to be justifiable for the 36 clubs eligible to start there at their expense from the second half of May.”
“DFL determines the specific match dates.”
The decision comes as part of Germany’s gradual easing of lockdown conditions, with all open-air sports allowed to be practised without contact. It has been recommended that people keep a minimum distance of 1.5 metres apart.
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