Games to be played behind closed doors

          Bundesliga green light for 16 May

          2020/05/06 16:29
          By Stephen Gillett

          The Bundesliga season will restart behind closed doors from 16 May - the German top flight set to become the first European league back into action after the coronavirus lockdown. 

          Reigning champs Bayern Munich, who are four points ahead of the chasing pack at the top of the table, visit Union Berlin on Sunday 17 May.

          The majority of teams in the Bundesliga have nine games outstanding - and the final weekend of the season has been rescheduled for 27-28 June.

          As expected, all matches will be played behind closed doors and there will be strict rules in place to ban fans from the stadium.

          Around 300 people, including players, staff and officials, are estimated to be in or around the stadiums on matchdays.

          The chief executive of the German Football League (DFL), Christian Seifert held a news conference on Thursday, in which he stated that it was "crucial to resume play".

          Who will attend games?

          Germany has banned large events with crowds until 24 October, so the games will proceed with the bare minimum of people present. The DFL's health and safety plan estimates that only about 300 people will be on, or near, the pitch during matches to cut the risk of infection.

          Tthe Turkish Super Lig today also announced that it will resume on 12 June - the focus being to finish the 2019/season before the start of August. As it stands the Turkish FA have also confirmed that the country intends to host the Champions League final in Istanbul in late summer.


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