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German government approve ‘justifiable’ Bundesliga restart

Matches to resume before the end of the month

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Football is slowly coming back. Very slowly. But surely.

In South Korea, the first match of the new season will be this Friday (May 8). In Hungary, the first match will be at the end of the month (Cup semifinal on May 23, with the league to restart a week after).

And now, Germany have the green light as well.

On Wednesday, chancellor Angela Merkel announced that the Bundesliga can resume as long as the agreed upon strict guidelines are followed (you, too, Salomon Kalou, if and when Hertha lifts your suspension). While no specific date has been set (up to the league rather than the government), the first game is expected to be either May 15 or May 22, with the latter date looking more likely.

Either way, soon!

“The Federal Chancellor and the heads of government of the federal states consider the continuation of play in the 1st and 2nd Bundesliga to be justifiable for the 36 clubs eligible to start there at their expense from the second half of May.”

“DFL determines the specific match dates.”

-government statement; source: Goal