Bundesliga, Germany’s top-flight football competition, will resume the season on May 16 following a government green signal to plat matches in empty stadiums. Also Read - Once Team Management Decides Something, I Don't Think There Should be a Place For Contrarian View: Wriddhiman Saha
Second-placed Borussia Dortmund will host arch-rivals Schalke on the first day of the restart at Signal Iduna Park. Also Read - Coronavirus: Amid Surge in Cases in Capital, Delhi Government Issues New SOPs For COVID Hospitals | Read Here
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While France’s Ligue 1 has already ended with leaders Paris Saint-Germain crowned champions, England’s Premier League, Italy’s Serie A and Spain’s La Liga are still suspended,
Christian Seifert, chief executive of the German football league, admitted the matches without fans will feel different bit it’s ‘crucial to resume play’.
“The matches will feel different. After the first matchday, we will all know why we prefer games with fans. But that is the framework we have to operate in and I expect the best possible sport within this framework,” Seifert was quoted as saying by BBC.
Europe’s football governing body UEFA is confident that Bundesliga will set an example for others to follow. “This is a huge and positive step to bringing optimism back to people’s lives. It is the result of constructive dialogue and careful planning between the football authorities and politicians,” UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said.
Meanwhile, Leganes coach Javier Aguirre has claimed he has been informed that La Liga will resume on June 20 and officially end on Julu 26.
“We already have a start date for the league,” Aguirre told Mexican website Marca Claro MVS. “On June 20, we will start La Liga and in five weeks we will be officially finished, on July 26.”
It will be played on Saturday-Sunday and Wednesday-Thursday, over 11 dates. La Liga has just informed me officially and I am very happy about this, because we already have training scheduled,” he added.