Bundesliga games will be played without fans in stadiums until NEXT YEAR, according to league chief… with season to resume in May and all fixtures to be finished by end of June
- The Bundesliga seems set to be the first major European league to resume
- All 36 clubs in the top two divisions have welcomed their players back to training
- They are planning to resume the season in May but without any fans at grounds
The Bundesliga is unlikely to have fans in stadiums until next year at the earliest, according to the league’s chief Christian Seifert.
There is optimism in Germany with all 36 clubs in the top two divisions welcoming their players back to training, while continuing to observe health protocols in their local areas.
Amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis, it has become increasingly clear that the Bundesliga is the major league that is set to return the soonest.
The Bundesliga is likely to be played behind closed doors until next year amid the pandemic
Chief executive officer Christian Seifert did suggest that football would resume in May
In an interview with the New York Times, chief executive officer Seifert revealed that the current plan is for games to return to all 36 grounds in the top two divisions by the start of May.
The last nine fixtures scheduled for this campaign will, according to Seifert, be completed by the end of June.
He did, though, admit that there would be a blow for fans in the fact that they are not going to be allowed to attend the matches – and will instead have to watch on TV.
And Seifert himself does not believe that they will be let back into grounds to watch their teams play until the end of 2020.
All clubs have returned to training in anticipation of the resumption of the campaign
The Bundesliga will instead let around 240 people, which includes players, coaches, medical staff, officials and production staff, into the grounds for each game.
There are two groups working on the practicalities of each matchday – one for regulations and the other to work out a hygiene plan for training and what would happen if a player tested positive for COVID-19.
He also suggested the transfer market would fall to pieces over the summer: ‘In the short term I would say the transfer market this summer will not exist, it will collapse,’ he said.
‘Some agents will suddenly understand that they will have to work hard, or at least work; some leagues will understand that money is nothing that is coming automatically every month from heaven.’
Borussia Dortmund training in groups as they cope with the issues around coronavirus
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