The DFL plans to restart the 2019-20 season of Bundesliga on May 15, nine weeks after the season was suspended due to the corona pandemic.
The government said the Bundesliga and second-tier Bundesliga 2, could restart in the second half of May without spectators, adding that the German football league (DFL) would decide on the exact dates.
Only a few hours earlier, politics had given the green light to restart Football in Germany has been suspended since mid-March, with coronavirus having infected over 150,000 people in the country so far. Almost 6,300 people have died of the disease in Germany.
Chancellor Angela Merkel says Bundesliga players and staff will not have to quarantine for 14 days because of the clubs’ regular testing capacity. “Testing is regular there, so the quarantine period is not set to 14 days,” she said.
There was also disagreement among representatives of the professional clubs: some (RB Leipzig, VfL Wolfsburg, Bayer 04 Leverkusen) wanted to play again from May 15, others (Werder Bremen, Mainz 05) only one week later. The DFL Presidium as the responsible body now decided on the earlier variant.
Before the restart, all 36 teams have to go into a seven-day quarantine. A club “has to carry out a quarantine measure in the form of a training camp at least the last seven days before the start of the season, with the regular testing being continued,” the DFL letter said. The clubs must therefore start the quarantine this weekend.