Five key points as the Bundesliga awaits the go-ahead to resume

BERLIN: The German league hopes to get the go-ahead from Angela Merkel The government and heads of the 16 states on Wednesday will resume behind closed doors and amid stringent hygiene measures.

The Bundesliga stopped on March 13 to limit the spread of the coronavirus , but German soccer league (DFL) has detailed plans to restart the top two leagues starting May 15.

German Chancellor Merkel and state leaders will hold a video conference to discuss reducing restrictions by restarting the Bundesliga on the agenda.

A green light would make the Bundesliga the first European league to resume.

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Here we look at the key issues:

Magazine Kicker claims that 13 of the 36 best clubs in Germany are on the verge of insolvency.

Clubs must finish the season before June 30 to claim a television money fee of around 300 million euros ($ 325 million).

The richest clubs in Germany Bayern Munich Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen and RB Leipzig - have pledged 20 million euros ($ 22 million) to help their rivals facing financial difficulties.

Werder Bremen and Schalke 04 are reportedly in danger of sinking unless the league resumes.

Bayern, which is chasing an eighth consecutive title, had a four-point lead over the top when the league was suspended.

Germany's Health Minister Jens Spahn and Sports Minister Horst Seehofer support the league's restart plan.

Like the Prime Minister of Bavaria, Markus Soeder, and Armin Laschet in North Rhine-Westphalia, the heads of Germany's main football hubs.

However, the league will be under scrutiny if it resumes.

The concept makes sense and could serve as a model for other professional sports, but we have to see how it works, Spahn told Deutschlandfunk radio station on Tuesday.

There are many criticisms of the restart attempt.

Why are the playgrounds closed, but are millionaires allowed to play soccer? Anja Stahmann, president of Germany's state ministers for sport, questioned.

The league plans to evaluate the players and staff of the 36 clubs in the top two leagues before and after games.

That means around 20,000 tests to complete the remaining nine rounds of matches.

In the first batch last week, there were 10 positive cases out of 1,724 tests, 0.58 percent, which the league says helps provide protection for those involved.

Three cases are known to have occurred in Cologne and two more in Moenchengladbach.

Anyone testing positive for the coronavirus will be quarantined from the rest of the club for 14 days , but local authority will decide if the team must also be isolated.

Players must follow strict guidelines and each club has a hygiene officer.

Social distancing, pre-game handshakes and team photos must be observed, and there must be empty seats between players on the substitute bench.

The stadium gates will remain open to avoid touching custom handles and water bottles.

Players will be tested for temperature before training and are expected to stay at home, train on club grounds or travel to and from games.

Player behavior is already under scrutiny.

Hertha Berlin striker Salomon Kalou He was suspended by his club on Monday after posting a video greeting his teammates with handshakes, an action the league found to be unacceptable behavior.

Some players are skeptical about the resumption of the league.

There are many more important things than soccer at the moment, Bayern defender Niklas Suele told the AFP affiliate SID.

With large public events banned in Germany, games must be played behind closed doors without fans.

Only 98 people will be allowed in the launch area, including 22 players, 18 replacements, five referees, four balls and 20 staff from the back room.

Some groups of supporters have spoken out against restarting the league.

Top-ranking politicians want the parties to screen on free-to-air channels to discourage fans who gather to watch pay-per-view stations Sky and DAZN, which have broadcast rights.

Sky, which broadcasts most parties, has not ruled out reselling rights to public television, but will not discuss the issue until politicians have made their decision public.