Bulgarian league could resume on June 5 or 12, says minister

SOFIA: Final part of Bulgaria's high-flying football season could be played June 5-12, Minister of Sports Krasen Kralev he said as the Balkan country begins to ease its emergency shutdown to start an economy in crisis.

Soccer has been halted in every major league in Europe and none has yet to resume. European football's governing body, UEFA, has set May 25 as the deadline for leagues to describe their restart plans.

Kralev said he had submitted a detailed plan, developed by the Bulgarian Football Union , to the health minister on Tuesday with final approval expected in the coming days.

Our wish is for the team's training to restart on May 15 and for the championship to resume in June, Kralev told bTV television on Tuesday night. The league could resume on June 5 or 12, as matches will be played without spectators, of course.

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On Tuesday, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters that soccer clubs will resume training within a few days for the first time since the interruption of the coronavirus.

The Bulgarian league has been on hold since March 13 as part of countrywide emergency shutdown measures which have begun to be eased with athletes allowed to conduct individual outdoor training.

Ludogorets, who has won the title in the past eight seasons, led the 14-team league with 55 points from 23 games, nine more than Lokomotiv Plovdiv , Levski Sofia and CSKA Sofia.

The BFU has yet to decide in what format the championship will resume. He previously involved playoffs between the top and bottom teams after 26 regular games.