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Bundesliga to resume this month

The German Bundesliga is set to resume this month.

Chancellor Angela Merkel has confirmed the top flight will be the first major league in Europe to return to action after the season was suspended due to the coronavirua pandemic, and clubs have been told the German Football League (DFL) wants to restart on May 15.

All remaining games will be played behind closed doors, and the start date is set to be confirmed on Thursday (07.05.20) after a virtual meeting between the DFL and all 36 clubs.

Bayern Munich - who are four points clear of Borussia Dortmund at the top of the league with nine games to play - have welcomed the decision.

Chairman Karl Heniz Rummenigge said: "I would like to thank the politicians for giving today's decision [and for] the opportunity to finish the Bundesliga season.

"We are now looking forward to resuming play, ideally from mid-May. This ensures that the sporting decisions are made on the pitch.

"I appeal to everyone involved to follow the requirements, which are the basis for resuming games, in an exemplary and extremely disciplined manner."

Christian Seifert, chief executive of the DFL, added: "Today's decision is good news for the Bundesliga and the Bundesliga 2.

"It is associated with a great responsibility for the clubs and their employees to implement the medical and organisational requirements in a disciplined manner.

"Games without spectators are not an ideal solution for anyone. In a crisis threatening the very existence of some clubs, however, it is the only way to keep the leagues in their current form."

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