Bundesliga will return on May 16

The German Bundesliga will return on May 16 following talks between the Deutsche Fussball Liga (DFL) and the German government.

An extraordinary assembly of the 36 clubs in the two Bundesliga divisions was held where they agreed in principle to restart the season from May 15.

There has been no top-flight football in the country since March 8, when FSV Mainz 05 drew at home to Fortuna Dusseldorf, as the Coronavirus pandemic wreaks havoc with professional sport worldwide.

Following the meeting of the executive committee, which was held via video conference, they will restart from matchday 26.

Players will be donning their boots as Germany becomes the first league to return
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Chief executive of the German Football League, Christian Seifert, said it was crucial for football to return even though there will be no fans in the grounds.

The majority of sides have nine matches left to play.

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

The rest of the fixtures will carry on in the order which had been scheduled at the beginning of the season and is planned to end the weekend of June 27 and 28.

All the fixtures will be played behind closed doors and will relaunch with the derby fixture between Schalke and Borussia Dortmund.

Dortmund will get the Bundesliga underway when they take on rivals Schalke
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There will be about 300 people in the stadium, including a mixture of playing staff, non-playing club staff and media personnel.

Top-flight side, Borussia Mochengladbach, are selling cut outs for fans to ‘fill their ground’, as of Thursday evening 4,500 cut outs have been sold.

Profits will help towards club workers who have been impacted by the outbreak of COVID-19.

Football and the Coronavirus
Joe Selwood