No change of schedule for Bundesliga despite coronavirus worries

Sun 08 March 2020 | 16:59

German football authorities will not rush any decision in the face of coronavirus worries, although the fears over the spread of the virus have led to several matches being played behind closed doors in Italy's Serie A.

Although worries over the spread of coronavirus have grown on a global scale, The German Football League (DFL) is determined to conclude the 2019-20 Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga seasons on schedule

In Italy, among 5883 corona positive cases, 233 have died, and Italian authorities have decided that Seria A matches take place behind closed doors until April 3 in a measure to stop the spread of the virus.

There have also been 951 positive cases in Germany, but DFL chief executive Christian Seifert believes his organisation must "find the appropriate path between justified provision and excessive caution".

In a statement, Seifert said: “The coronavirus puts society as a whole and thus football in a difficult situation.

"Of course, the health of the population and therefore all football fans are the top priority. The goal must be to find the appropriate path between justified provision and excessive caution in different areas of life.

"Of course, the clubs of the Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga will continue to coordinate closely with the responsible authorities at the respective locations with regard to the schedule of further match days."

Nevertheless, extending the season beyond its scheduled conclusion is not a route Seifert wants to go down, potentially bringing behind-closed-doors matches into play.

"At the same time, there is no question that the season must be played until mid-May to determine promoted and relegated players and the participants for the international competitions," he added.

"This is the only way for clubs and DFL to have planning certainty for the coming season despite difficult circumstances.

"The DFL committee will exchange views on this shortly and will schedule a club meeting as soon as possible."

source: SportMob