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By Solomon Enyinnaya

German Bundesliga, La Liga and English Premier league matches are set to resume after suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic.

German football chiefs have confirmed that the Bundesliga will resume on May 16 behind closed doors in a step towards bringing football back across the continent after the coronavirus took hold of it.

While France and Netherlands both opted to end their respective campaigns with all French sport banned until September, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced an easing of lockdown restrictions on Wednesday.

One of such move was to allow the resumption of football and the German Football League/DFL/ revealed in a news conference on Thursday further details about the next steps.

  “The interest globally is big. I see reports from across the world that we are the first major League to return,” The DFL chief executive,Christian Seifert said.

“This can only happen because we have the privilege to live in one of the most modern health systems in the world.

“The matches will feel different, after the first matchday, we will know why we prefer games with fans.

“But that is the framework we have to operate in and i expect the best possible sport with this framework,” he said.

 Players and referees will  be under strict instruction and will undergo regular Covid-19 testing as part of the plans.

 Meanwhile, Bayern Munich currently top the league with 9 games left to play, followed by Borrussia Dortmund who are bid for a derby with Schalke on saturday May 16.

The English Premier League has been cleared to restart its season June 1, provided certain criteria including no new spikes in coronavirus infection cases have been met.

The government Monday gave the world’s most popular soccer league, and all other professional sports in the United Kingdom, permission to resume next month in a 60-page document titled “Our Plan to Rebuild.”

 The resumption of sports would happen in Phase 2 of that plan, which permits “cultural and sporting events to take place behind closed door, while avoiding the risk of large-scale social contact.

Also players have also began individual training in Spain following the possible restart of the Spanish Laliga in June.

This will come as a relieve to many fans across the globe,as it will ease boredom this period of lockdown, however the excitement of football will not be complete without the cheering fans in the stadia.

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