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Bundesliga planning to resume the season in May

Bundesliga unlikely to have fans in stadiums until 2021
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The Bundesliga has revealed plans to resume the 2019/20 season in May with all fixtures to be finished by end of June. Games could be played without fans in stadiums until 2021 according to league chief Christian Seifert.

Bundesliga clubs resume training

All 36 clubs in the top two divisions in Germany have resumed training while observing health protocols in their local areas. The Bundesliga is set to be the first major European league to start playing football again after the coronavirus pandemic.

In an interview with the New York Times, Bundesliga chief executive officer Seifert revealed a plan for matches to return in the top two divisions by the start of May. The last nine matchdays could be completed by the end of June.

Seifert remains skeptical about supporters being allowed into grounds until 2021 however, admitting that they might have to make do with watching on television.

The Bundesliga will let approximately 240 people into stadiums for each match including players, coaches, medical staff, officials and production staff.

The practicalities for each match are being worked on by two groups - one for regulations and one for a hygiene plan for training and contingencies if a player tests positive for COVID-19.

Transfer market to collapse?

Seifert suggested the transfer market would undergo a radical overhaul in the summer window, saying: "In the short term I would say the transfer market this summer will not exist, it will collapse. 

Some agents will suddenly understand that they will have to work hard, or at least work; some leagues will understand that money is nothing that is coming automatically every month from heaven."

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