Bundesliga unlikely to return early May as talks are delayed

The Bundesliga is unlikely to return in early May as anticipated due to postponement of government talks on the resumption of football till at least April 30. German Chancellor Angela Merkel met with the country’s 16 minister presidents on Wednesday regarding the future of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

It was expected that one of the topics for discussion would be the Bundesliga’s return behind closed doors as well as the supposed ghost games. However, it was not discussed.

“The Bundesliga was not a topic of discussion today. The league itself is working on security concepts and it will be something to be talked about soon – whether and in what form games behind closed doors will be possible,” said Bavarian minister-president, Markus Soder.

Regardless, the discussions on Wednesday resulted in a decision to ban large scale public events in Germany until August 31 and this effectively rules out the possibility of the Bundesliga teams playing in front of large crowds until the 2020/21 season at least.


“Big events play a large role in the infection dynamic, and will, therefore, remain forbidden until August 31,” German leaders said in a statement.

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Meanwhile, Bundesliga CEO Christian Seifert said last week that he was hoping that the Bundesliga and 2.Bundesliga would return behind closed doors by early May with all hands on deck to ensure the season is completed by the end of June.

Bundesliga and Bundesliga clubs have returned to training although sessions have been limited to ensure that players observe social distancing rules.


“We are part of the culture in the country, people long to get back a short piece of normal life, and that could mean the Bundesliga plays again,” Seifert told the New York Times.

“This is why we have to play our role here, and that means to support the government and to talk with the government about when we will be able to play again.”

The Bundesliga has been on suspension since March 13 due to the COVID-19 outbreak and leaders are expected to meet on April 23 to discuss the possibility of returning to action on the pitch.

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