Green light! The 2019/20 Bundesliga season can begin again in May. In a press conference given on Wednesday (06/05/20) Chancellor Merkel announced that the current season may resume following inspection and approval of the DFL Task Force Sports Medicine/Special Match Operation's medical and organisational plans.
A special DFL members' meeting has been arranged in order to discuss the exacts dates of the restart. This will take place on Thursday 7th May 2020. Depending on the start date, RB Leipzig will hold a quarantined training camp in accordance with the medical concept for training and matches. This will take place in time for the first match after the break, and is intended as intense preparation for the players.
CEO OLIVER MINTZLAFF:
- "We're pleased with the politicians' decision to restart the season in May. In light of nationwide easing of lockdown restrictions, it's a good and correct decision in our view. We're now looking ahead.
It's now up to Bundesliga clubs to be as disciplined as possible when dealing with coronavirus, so that the season can begin soon and be completed. That's how we justify the trust shown to us. A special thank you to the DFL and Christian Seifert for their coordination in this unusual situation and for the implementation of the medical/organisational concept, whose usefulness has once again been confirmed.
We're sorry that our fans won't be allowed to attend matches in the stadium or travel with us to away games. But matches behind closed doors are the only way to avoid even greater financial damage."
SPORTING DIRECTOR MARKUS KRÖSCHE:
- "We're happy that the wait is over, that we can look ahead, and that we can play football again soon. Two things are now important for us: firstly, professional application in training with the opportunity afforded to us, both in individual sessions and the coming training sessions, so that we're fit for the first match. And secondly, that we continue to abide by hygiene guidelines and undertake rigorous testing.
It's clear to us that this is a peculiar situation, which is unusual and new for us all. We're communicating with our players and are here for them, now more than ever."