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Football's back! Bundesliga gets all clear for May return

Bundesliga matches will restart this month after the government gave the green light for it to resume.

The league is the first of any of Europe's major leagues to be given clearance to resume playing in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Fans will not be allowed in the stadiums to watch the matches, which will be played on either May 15 or May 22, according to ESPN.

Christian Seifert, chief executive of the DFL, said: "Today's decision is good news for the Bundesliga and the Bundesliga 2.

"It is associated with a great responsibility for the clubs and their employees to implement the medical and organisational requirements in a disciplined manner.

"Games without spectators are not an ideal solution for anyone. In a crisis threatening the very existence of some clubs, however, it is the only way to keep the leagues in their current form."

Minister President of Bavaria, Markus Söder added: "We have agreed sensibly. We know that it is very controversial.

"I know that those responsible in the clubs will do everything possible to comply with the regulations. But the players must also adhere to it."

Bayern Munich's chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said: "FC Bayern feels great gratitude, satisfaction and a feeling of happiness.

"We've worked long and hard for this. With the green light from the politicians, we have the requirements to restart the league. That is an important step for the Bundesliga.

"The Bavarian prime minister Markus Söder said that a weekend with Bundesliga is much more bearable than a weekend without. That sentence tells everything.

"We know, football isn't systemically important. But football has a meaning for society. When we start playing in the middle of May, those weekends will be easier for everyone."

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