The German Bundesliga is set to be the first of Europe’s top football leagues to resume amid the coronavirus pandemic after the federal government gave the green light for the season to continue.
Clubs in the top two tiers of German football have been back in training since last month with a view to restarting the 2019-20 season some time this month.
German chancellor Angela Merkel has now told regional authorities that games could restart later this month. The 36 clubs will hold a conference call on May 7th to finalise a resumption date, which tentatively could be as early as May 15th.
All teams have either 9 or 10 games to play before the season can be deemed complete. The games will be played behind closed doors – but will provide some much needed live sport for BT Sport, who hold the broadcast rights to the league in the UK.
The Premier League hopes to resume in June.