September 19, 2020 | 3:35 AM IST
Bundesliga League

Bundesliga League resumes in Germany with extraordinary guidelines for players, fans

Bundesliga League has become the first in Europe to come back to the pitch during the Coronavirus pandemic but behind closed doors and no fans to cheer. Borussia Dortmund will take on their bitter local rivals Schalke at the Signal Iduna Park on Saturday, while Bayern Munich will resume their quest for the Bundesliga title when they play against Union Berlin in Berlin on Sunday. The league was halted in mid-March to curb the spread of the virus.
The game was permitted after the German Football League (DFL) managed to convince Chancellor Angela Merkel and other regional leaders to allow play to resume after the nationwide lockdown was lifted on May 9.

The DFL has submitted an extraordinary set of guidelines and preventive measures to stop Coronavirus cases from spreading. Also, teams have been warned that if fans gather outside the stadium, the match will be immediately stalled. As a precautionary measure, the 80,000-seater stadium and the streets surrounding the stadium will be cordoned off by the police.  
All the participating teams have been staying in different hotels and tested regularly for Novel Coronavirus. The teams will reach the stadiums in several busses owing to the social distancing requirements inside the vehicles and will not hug players to celebrate goals. The extra players and coaches will have to wear masks.
Meanwhile, Germany has recorded over 1,75,669 Covid-19 positive cases and about 8,001 fatalities. 

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