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Angela Merkel has decided to give the green light to German football, which, according to the latest statements, should start on May 15. The official statement of the chancellor should come later today.
According to the leaked document, players should return to the field on May 22, which suggests that the first matches can take place only after a two-week quarantine of all teams. However, the original requirements for a two-week quarantine have been removed from the document, and the government is now ready to approve a league plan with a one-week quarantine. According to the German news agency DPA, quarantine should take the form of a training camp.
It was originally expected to start on May 9, but the Bundesliga is facing cases that do not make it easier for them to restart. The first two rounds of tests, which took place earlier this week, revealed 10 positive cases. The Minister of Health stressed that any violation of the rules must be severely punished. "In recent days, we have seen that some players need to be more aware of the situation," added the minister on the sidelines of the suspension of player Salomon Kalou, who was filmed violating hygiene measures. As the Bundesliga will be among the first, Bayern Munich star Manuel Neuer has called on the division's players to act responsibly.
"People will look at us from other countries as we manage strict measures. Whether we can play despite the threat that hangs in the air. Each of us must realize how important it is to behave responsibly, "said goalkeeper Bayern Munich.