Bundesliga cleared to restart season on May 16 after government approval

The Bundesliga season will restart on May 16, the German football league has confirmed, after the government gave the green light on a return to action.

The government said the Bundesliga and second-tier 2. Bundesliga could restart in the second half of May without spectators, adding the German football league (DFL) would decide on the exact dates.

Bundesliga CEO Christian Seifert has said the top-tier season will finish on June 27, with the second division campaign concluding on June 28. Fans will not be allowed to gather outside stadiums, he added.

There will be two weeks in which midweek games are played to allow Werder Bremen and Eintracht Frankfurt to fulfil their game in hand.

League organisers are currently considering allowing teams to use five substitutes during the remaining fixtures.

Football in Germany has been suspended since mid-March, with coronavirus having infected over 150,000 people in the country so far. Almost 6,300 people have died of the disease in Germany.

The league is the first of any of Europe's major leagues to be given clearance to resume playing, since the coronavirus pandemic took hold. Two of Germany's neighbours, the Netherlands and France, have ended their seasons.

Matches in Germany's top two divisions can take place later this month, without spectators.

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