The DFL believes playing games behind closed doors might be the only way for clubs to survive after it extended the Bundesliga’s suspension.
The Bundesliga has extended its ongoing suspension until April 2 but is prepared to complete the 2019-20 season behind closed doors to ensure clubs can survive a testing economic period.
Germany’s top flight was the last of Europe’s “big five” leagues to cease operations in light of the coronavirus outbreak, with only last weekend’s games confirmed as being postponed at the time.
However, following a meeting on Monday, the Deutsche Fussball Liga (DFL) confirmed its hiatus would take in the forthcoming round of fixtures in the Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga before making a further call over whether to reconvene after what was supposed to be the March international break at the end of this month.
The move brings the Bundesliga into line with the Premier League, LaLiga, Ligue 1 and Serie A, which have all announced suspensions up until the first weekend of April at this stage. Ligue 1 is on hold until further notice.
Speaking at a media conference in Frankfurt, DFL chief executive Christian Seifert explained playing the remaining matches this season without fans might become a financial necessity for all clubs to remain in business.
“Nobody is a fan of matches behind closed doors but, for many clubs, they may be the only way to keep clubs in business,” he said.
“I am aware that football is viewed as a billion-dollar business. But at the centre of it all is the game itself and the 56,000 jobs dependent on it every match day.
“Without sponsorship and TV income, those jobs and the very existence of clubs is in danger.”
UEFA will host a video conference on Tuesday to discuss how to proceed with the Champions League, Europa League and Euro 2020, with solutions for domestic competitions within the ongoing crisis also set to be on the agenda.
This week’s scheduled Champions League and Europa League fixtures, including Bayern Munich’s game against Chelsea and Bayer Leverkusen and Eintracht Frankfurt’s respective ties with Rangers and Basel, were postponed.
Bundesliga: Leroy Sane Returns Home And Signs A 5 Years Deal With Bayern Munich
By Elvis Kang Sports Writer, Cameroon
The German international Leroy Sane returns home and signed 5 years deal with the Bundesliga giant Bayern Munich this Friday 3 July 2020 after a contract talks between him and the management of Manchester city failed to push through
According to Sky Sports and the BBC, the Bundesliga champions did not give the transfer fee, Bayern and City agreed on a fee of £54.8 million. But German daily Bild claim the fee is around 50 million euros.
The 24-year-old spent four years at City, winning two Premier League titles, an FA Cup, two League Cups, and two Community Shields, but European success eluded him.
His transfer became an open secret as Guardiola revealed earlier this week that Sane was likely to leave after rejecting a new contract offer with a year left on his existing deal at City.
Sane scored 39 goals in 135 appearances in all competitions for City after joining from Bundesliga club Schalke in 2016.
His arrival on Wednesday in Bavaria was much hyped with reporters at Munich airport using smartphones to film the landing of a private jet from England before Sane was whisked away for his medical.
Leroy Sane now targeted Champions League glory with Bayern Munich after joining the Bundesliga giants from Manchester City
— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) July 3, 2020
It should be noted that He is not eligible to feature in this Saturday’s German Cup final against Bayer Leverkusen in Berlin but will start preparing for the 2020/21 season next week, the club has said.
Sane has 21 caps and five goals for Germany but was a shock omission from the squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia when the holders bowed out in the group stage.
Sane is Bayern’s third new signing for next season alongside French teenage defender Tanguy Nianzou Kouassi from Paris Saint-Germain and goalkeeper Alexander Nuebel from Schalke, both of which were free transfers.
Bundesliga: substitutes no longer required to wear a mask
Jonathan Tah (Leverkusen) can drop the mask off the edge of the field. (Ulrich Hufna / Eibner-Pressefoto / EXPA / Presse Sports)
The German League and Federation have announced a relaxation of certain rules adopted against the coronavirus.
Substitutes, staff members as well as members of the club delegations in the stands are no longer required to wear the mask, “on condition of respecting a distance of 1.5 meters between people” .
The new rules come into force this weekend and concern the Bundesliga, the Second and the Third Division as well as the Women’s Championship and the German Cup finals.
The Germany Football Board has Cancelled the Yellow Card that Sanctioned Jadon Sancho for Paying Tributes to George Floyd.
The Germany Football Board announced they will remove the yellow card that Sanctioned Jadon Sancho for Paying Tributes to George Floyd. They further declared, they will not punish any player who stands against racism in football.
This comes after FIFA President Gianni Infantino Says Players protesting over George Floyd’s death deserves applause, and not to be punished.
The FIFA boss also emphasized on the fact that leagues should use “common sense” when considering rules prohibiting political slogans, statement or images in games.
Also the European football governing body and the English FA also declared that, they will allow mister Floyd’s tributes when their competitions resume.
Mr. Floyd is a black man and former community college basketball player who died after a white police officer pressed his knee into his neck for several minutes even after he stopped moving and stopped pleading for air.
His death has sparked nationwide protest in the United States and other countries as many call for justice for George Floyd.
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