Bundesliga look for a May 15 start

The Bundesliga is aiming for a May 15 restart as the country looks to relax lockdown rules.

Germany has not seen any top-level football since mid-March as the Coronavirus wreaks havoc all around the globe.

German football sources have claimed that they are hoping for a thumbs up from the government during a phone conference between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Deutsche Fussball Liga (DFL) officials.

If they’re given the green light then they would be the first big league to return: Portugal, Poland and Hungary have set dates for a resumption but they’re for later in May.

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1,724 Coronavirus tests were carried out on players and staff from the 36 teams from the two Bundesliga divisions earlier this week, returning ten positives which have been reported to the respective health authorities.

A handful of Bundesliga teams, including Bayern Munich, returned to training on April 6 and within a few weeks the rest had also returned.

If the DFL’s plans are accepted, then all the fixtures would be played behind closed doors; the governing body has submitted a health safety plan for this outcome.

This includes regular testing of players but no quarantines for entire squads in cases of positive tests.

If a player is in infected then it will be reported to the relevant local health authority.

One player who may not be available for the first round of fixtures is Hertha Berlin’s attacker, Salomon Kalou who has been indefinitely suspended by his club for breaking physical distancing rules.

The former Chelsea player interrupted a teammates medical test and filmed himself shaking hands and posted to his own Facebook page, he has released a statement apologising for his actions.

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Football and the Coronavirus
Image- Joe Selwood