Bundesliga to allow five options, relegation at the end of the season

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Retrieved 14 May 2020, 23:30 IST

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The German Football League (DFL) announced on Thursday that Bundesliga clubs would be able to use five options if they returned from a suspension due to a coronavirus epidemic on Saturday.

This rule has been approved by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) to make it more frequent and faster to secure fixtures for the benefit of the players as the sport continues to have a limited time schedule.

The Bundesliga will become the first European league to return to action after a two-month shutdown on Saturday. Germany’s second tier will also return this weekend.

A DFL statement said: “From now on, each club will have a total of three chances to accommodate players during a game, including a half-time break.

“If there is extra time in the second leg of the relegation playoffs, both teams are given a fourth chance to change players, which they can use in regular time and overtime interruptions or extra half-time.

“The DFL’s football commission recommends that a maximum of two players be placed at the same time.”

All but one of the 36 clubs in the top two leagues voted to end the 2019-20 season, including as long as possible legally.

Although the season is set to end on the weekend of June 27-28, the DFL said the games could be held in July if necessary.

No decision has been made on what will happen if the season is not completed due to health reasons.

The statement said, “In the time that … the season has to leave prematurely, a law on sports classification should be enacted within the next two weeks,” the statement said.

Match venues may also be changed on short notice in the event of a local outbreak of Covid-19.

“Short notice for override due to mandatory legal, organizational and / or security reasons will also include the possibility of a match being played at another stadium,” the DFL said.

With nine full rounds left in the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich are sitting at the top with four points from Borussia Dortmund at this summit.

The two teams will meet on May 26 at Signal Iduna Park.