Bundesliga Restart Delayed as German Government Require Clubs to Complete Final Quarantine Checks

Jamie Spencer
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Bundesliga football will not resume before 22 May as a result of government orders for all teams to now complete a two-week quarantine period to ensure any new cases of coronavirus cannot spread in the lead up to the action restarting.

It was reported earlier this week that in excess of 1,700 tests have been carried out on players and staff in preparation for the 2019/20 to restart this week, returning 10 positive cases.

An original hope to resume from 9 May was pushed back, while it was then expected that chancellor Angela Merkel’s government would give permission to start playing games from 15 May.

A meeting between Merkel and the heads of each German state is taking place on Wednesday at which relaxation of coronavirus measures is being discussed.

The Daily Mail writes that while football will resume this month, the government first requires all clubs to observe a two-week quarantine. It is possible that could be in the form of a training camp.

Raphael Honigstein of The Athletic has reported similar, highlighting 22 May, or possibly even 29 May, as the date when we might see the first major European league resume.

France and Netherlands are the highest profile examples of countries abandoning the 2019/20 season as a result of the coronavirus crisis. Neither country will allow the staging of public events until at least 1 September, removing all time-frame to conclude their respective campaigns.

Paris Saint-Germain v Dijon FCO - Ligue 1
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They have, however, handled the fall out differently. There will be no Dutch champions this season as the season was cancelled amid a close title race between Ajax and AZ. But Paris Saint-Germain are the 2019/20 champions in France based on points per game.

Talks continue over how, when and if the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A will resume.

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