Dynamo Dresden players test coronavirus positive

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer at his club's training facility last week.

The Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 are expected to resume following the go-ahead from the German chancellor Angela Merkel, but the Dresden game in Hanover on May 17 in the second tier will now not be contested due to the positive tests for the two unidentified players.

The duo has no symptoms, but the entire team – including technical and support staff – face a 14-day quarantine period at home, Dresden said on its official website. The club resumed training sessions on Thursday.

Dresden is in last place in the division, while Hanover has an external promotion possibility for the Bundesliga.

The Bundesliga is set to become the first major football league in the world’s most popular sport to resume during the global coronavirus pandemic after a two-month suspension.

Along with extensive testing of the players, handshakes and team photos will not take place and the ball will be disinfected before kick-off, among other security measures.

Germany, according to statistics published by the World Health Organization on Saturday, recorded 7,369 coronavirus deaths, below more than 25,000 deaths in the European nations of the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy and France. Coronavirus test in Germany has been praised during the pandemic.

No fans but cutouts instead

However, there will be no fans in the games. But fans of Borussia Moenchengladbach can pay $ 20 for a life-size cutout of themselves that will be placed in the stadium seats. The proceeds go in part to coronavirus rescue activities.

No fans, therefore, but money from lucrative TV rights is very necessary for football teams, including Germany.

“It makes no sense to beat the bush which is extremely important for the Bundesliga and for individual clubs to come back and play,” said Lutz Pfannenstiel, sporting director of Fortuna Dusseldorf Sports of CNN. “We are a league that depends heavily on television money. So, to achieve this, playing is obviously what you have to do.

“You would have a lot of people who don’t play, who aren’t coaches and don’t sit in important positions – they would also be in a bad economic situation.”

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No dates have been announced for the official return of the three highest profile football leagues: the British Premier League, the Spanish Liga and the Serie A.

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