Bundesliga, the top tear of German football league, is set to return to action with plans to play spectator-free games on May 9th.
If the plans go ahead, the Bundesliga will be the first major sports competition to return amid the coronavirus pandemic that has forced the suspension of major sports competitions.
Germany has led the way in its approach to combating the coronavirus pandemic. The country’s intense program of consistent testing from early on has resulted in far fewer deaths than the worst-affected countries.
The German Football League (DFL), responsible for operating the Bundesliga and the second division, is determined to finish the current season. Its 36 professional clubs met to discuss a restart of the season next month.
However, Germany’s football authorities still face some huge questions before they get the green light to resume football in the country behind closed doors.
“If we start on 9 May, we are ready. If it is later, we will be ready again,” DFL chief executive Christian Seifert. “For us, what is decisive is what the politicians will decide. It is not for us to decide when. Games without spectators are not what we want – but at the moment the only thing that seems feasible.”