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Merkel Gives The Bundesliga The Go Ahead

Chancellor Angela Merkel has given the Bundesliga the green light to resume this month.

The German football League has told clubs that it wants a restart on 15 May.

The Bundesliga will become the first major league in Europe to restart, after the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

It has been instructed that all matches will be played behind closed doors.

German League Chief Executive Pleased

The chief executive of the German Football League Christian Seifert, has described the decision as “good news”.

“Games without spectators are not an ideal solution for anyone.” He added.

“In a crisis threatening the very existence of some clubs, however, it is the only way to keep the leagues in their current form.”

Germany’s Different Route

The decision from Germany’s federal government is a change in tack from the decisions made in France and Holland.

In France, the sporting calendar has been cancelled for 2019/20.

While the Dutch central government has banned all events until September.

So far, only the Belgian league has acted independently in abandoning all remaining fixtures.

The Premier League and La Liga are both hoping for a June restart.

Bayern in Pole Position

Bayern Munich have recovered from an indifferent start to the season to lead the Bundesliga.

But it still a close title race, as five points separate the top three.

Borussia Dortmund are four points behind Bayern, with RB Leipzig in third place.

The Bavarians are looking to win their eighth consecutive title.

At the bottom, Werder Bremen and SC Paderborn are currently in the relegation positions.

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