Ahead of May 9th return of the Bundelisga, German FA has read the riot act on how action can begin even as covid-19 lockdown persists.
Should the Bundesliga kick off in enerst, it will encourage other leagues currently seeking the way forward on how to conclude an abroptly suspended season.
The German FA document did not only map out how the game can returrn safely amid the coronavirus crisis but alos how the players will train and play matches as well as what happens if someone contracts covid-19 before end of season. The fans and the media were also not left out in the guidelines which FA says all stakeholders must obey to the letter.
The documents also provides that Players can live either in team hotels or at home but sex and kissing is banned if they or their partners show symptoms of the virus. Stadiums will allow a maximum of 300 people at one time, including only four policemen, 10 journalists, four ball boys, eight groundsmen and 50 security staff.
If it works in Germany, then it will give a huge push to the return of live football in England.
In addition,the whole team will be tested before their first training session, then twice a week until the end of the season, one of which is just before a match. “Players should also stagger their arrival at training and be texted the hygiene officer to confirm they are clear of any symptoms”
Contact training should be minimised with team meetings held in big rooms and only for ‘compelling reasons’, with players keeping two metres apart. No eating will be allowed in the kitchen and food must be taken away.
Players will be encouraged to shower and change at home and they must put their own kit and boots into the washing machine.
There are strong indications that the league with resume with the originally scheduled fixtures with a real blockbuster between third-placed Leipzig and the side immediately above them, Borussia Dortmund.