The Bundesliga is set to get back underway, the German government and the football league have confirmed.
The league, as well as the second-tier 2. Bundesliga will return to play on May 16, with estimated conclusion dates of June 27 and June 28 respectively.
All matches are set to be without fans in closed stadiums, with supporters also not allowed to gather outside of their club’s home ground.
The decision is the latest move of introducing football back into the country. The sport was originally suspended in mid-March due to the threat of the coronavirus. Despite that, clubs have been back in training since April 7 albeit under strict social distancing conditions.
UEFA have backed the re-introduction of the German game. President Aleksander Ceferin said: “It is great news that the German authorities have agreed that the Bundesliga can return.
“This is a huge and positive step to bringing optimism back to people’s lives. It is the result of constructive dialogue and careful planning between the football authorities and politicians and I am confident that Germany will provide a shining example to all of us in how to bring football – with all its excitement, emotion and unpredictability – back into our lives.
“I wish everyone connected with this every success.”
Before the suspension of the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich sat top on 55 points and can be backed at 2/9 with William Hill to win the league.