German football club Bayern Munich have announced its players are to resume training from Monday for the firs time since Bundesliga was halted on March 13 amid the coronavirus pandemic. Also Read - Virtual Rallies, Conferences: This is How BJP Plans to Celebrate First Anniversary of Modi Govt 2.0
In a statement released on Sunday, Bayern said their first team will start training in small groups from Monday (April 6) and no member of general public will be allowed. Also Read - On First Day of Last Week of Lockdown 4.0, India Reopens Its Skies; Highest Single-Day Spike of 6,977 Recorded | 10 Points
“The FC Bayern Munich first team will return to training in small groups from Monday, 6 April,” the club said in a statement. “This will be done in coordination with government policy and the relevant authorities. It goes without saying that all hygiene regulations will be strictly observed.” Also Read - Uttar Pradesh News: State Govt Releases 2257 Convicts on Parole For 8 Weeks to Decongest jails
Bayern were leading the league when the health crisis triggered by the global spread of coronavirus resulted in football season in Germany and across Europe being suspended.
“Training will take place with no members of the public present. In order to further slow the spread of the coronavirus, FC Bayern asks fans to continue to follow the instructions of the authorities and therefore please do not come to the FC Bayern training ground,” the statement read.
Meanwhile in Italy, despite several clubs calling for the Serie A, country’s top-flight football competition, to be called off, the Italian FA president recommends the season to be extended till September-October.
He reasons that abandoning of the halted campaign could result in an “avalanche of litigation.”
“The only serious way to handle a serious emergency of this kind is to complete the 2019-2020 season competitions this year,” FIGC president Gabriele Gravina was quoted as saying by The Guardian. “We are working on a whole series of possible solutions to manage the situation in the best possible way.
“Could it finish in September or October? That is one hypothesis. It’s a way to avoid jeopardising not only the 2019-20 season but also the 2020-21 season,” he added.