Coronavirus: No fan is the only way to preserve the club and Bundesliga format

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Changed 07 May 2020, 00:12 IST

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DFL chief executive Christian Seifert

According to Christian Sefert, chief executive of the German Football League (DFL), the only way to save endangered clubs and preserve the top two tier format was to restart the Bundesliga with games behind closed doors.

The German government on Wednesday gave the green light to professional football in Germany, which has been suspended since March due to a coronavirus epidemic due to return in the second half of May.

A specific date for returning to the process will be set by the DFL on Thursday.

Strict medical protocol must be followed for the games to take place, and Seifert urged clubs to follow the letter’s guidelines.

He believes allowing the top two leagues to resume this month was the best way to maintain their loyalty.

“Today’s decision is good news for the Bundesliga and the Bundesliga 2,” Seifert said.

“It involves a great responsibility for clubs and their staff to apply treatment and organizational requirements in a disciplined manner.

“Games without stadium spectators are not the ideal solution for anyone. However, in a time of crisis that threatens the very existence of some clubs, it is the only way to preserve the leagues in their current form.

“I want to thank the political decision makers at the state and federal levels for their confidence in us.”

Nine rounds of fixtures remain for most Bundesliga teams.

The 2012-2016 season will return to Germany, with EVVC and League 1 already canceling their promotions due to the COVID-19 outbreak.