THE Bundesliga aims to become the first major European league to resume operations – with a return scheduled for early May.
The 18 teams restarted training, while following health guidelines.
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Bundesliga chief executive Christian Seifert told The New York Times that action is expected to resume in 36 German stadiums.
This will come as good news for live action-hungry British football fans, with all Bundesliga matches available to watch UK TV on BT Sport.
The remaining nine games will be over by the end of June … BEFORE the Premier League returns.
But there will be no fans in the stadiums, the return of German football becoming an event reserved for television.
Seifert has confirmed that the matches should remain in camera for the duration of 2020.
Germany has the fifth largest number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the world, with more than 107,000 to date.
But their survival rate was the highest on the planet because they have the best testing resources.
This means that football could resume safely without burdening the health system.
Seifert said, “It will not be true that a doctor or nurse who is truly relevant to the system cannot be tested because football players need to be tested.
“The concept is to give certainty to the players, their families and society as well. “
It is anticipated that approximately 240 people will be required for each game.
This includes players, coaching staff, medical staff, match officials and production staff.
In the short term, I would say that the transfer market this summer will not exist, it will collapse.
Rules are in progress to ensure the smooth running of match days and the possibility of hygienic training, as well as the measures to be taken if a player should contract Covid-19.
Much has been made of the financial burden placed on many clubs around the world by the suspension of football, Seifert endeavoring to stress the importance of recovery for clubs “fighting to survive”.
The German football chief also predicted that the transfer window would “collapse” this summer.
He continued: “In the short term, I would say that the transfer market this summer will not exist, it will collapse.
“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 automatically comes out of the sky every month. “
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