An emptx stadium - Volkswagen Arena Wolfsburg.
06.05.2020
First Team

Government approves restart

The Bundesliga can resume match operations in mid-May, with the DFL to decide on an exact date on Thursday.

An emptx stadium - Volkswagen Arena Wolfsburg.

After over two football-free months, the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 will be back from mid-May onwards. The decision was made on Wednesday during a video conference between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the heads of government of the federal states on how to proceed in the coronavirus pandemic.

The decision whether to resume matches on the weekend of 16-17 May or the following weekend, 23-24 May, will be taken by the DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga (German Football League) and club representatives at a general assembly on Thursday, which will be held via video conference.

“Very happy”

“We’re very happy that the Bundesliga can start up again,” said VfL Managing Director Jörg Schmadtke. “This will ensure that clubs can resume economic operations, and will provide people with some entertainment and a little distraction from everyday worries in these difficult times. All the clubs have already implemented all the necessary hygiene measures for some time now and will of course continue to do so. This hygiene package is so tightly put together that we offer the best possible protection for everyone and reduce the risk of infection as much as possible.”

16 May the desired start date

The Wolves' last game was the 2-1 defeat at home to Shakhtar Donetsk in the first leg of their UEFA Europa League Round of 16 tie on 12 March, while their last Bundesliga outing was the 0-0 draw with RB Leipzig at the Volkswagen Arena on 7 March.

In addition to the exact date of the restart, Thursday’s DFL general assembly will also decide which matchday to begin with. “We’d like things to get going again on 16 May,” added Schmadtke. “One week before the first game, the team and everyone necessary for training and match operations will be quarantined in our team hotel, the Ritz-Carlton in the Autostadt, where we will be accommodated alone.”

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