Dfl postpones members’ meeting to 23. April

Dfl postpones members' meeting to 23. April

Professional soccer is getting some breathing room in the difficult question of whether and how it will be possible in the 1. And 2. Bundesliga continues.

The german soccer league has announced the dates for the 17. April planned extraordinary general meeting on further measures in the corona crisis postponed to april 23. April postponed. "The aim of the postponement is to give clubs and the DFL additional time for further intensive preparation of upcoming decisions," the statement reads.

The 36 clubs will "decide on the further course of action in the coming week on the basis of the then current political decision-making situation in the federal and state governments". The heads of the state governments will meet on 14. April meeting with german chancellor angela merkel (CDU) to discuss further course of action.

UEFA, the european football union, will hold another conference next week to discuss the way forward. The executive committee will also meet on 23 june. UEFA will hold a video conference on april 14 to discuss the current situation. Prior to that, consultations with the 55 member associations and representatives of club football were to be held.

"We will be ready. But it’s not up to us," DFL boss christian seifert had recently said about scenarios involving bundesliga matches without spectators. The clear goal is still to finish the season by 30 june. June.

Contracts in professional soccer also expire at the end of june. FIFA recently cleared the way for an extension of the season with new transfer guidelines, among other things. The world governing body intends to grant all requests to postpone the end date of this season.

The season in the 1. And 2. League is up to at least 30. April suspended. One option is to hold ghost matches in may to complete the missing nine match days. A total of 750 million euros is at stake, which would have been lost to clubs in massive financial distress if the season had been cancelled.

Numerous tests and tests for professional players were required for ghost matches. This was the only way to minimize the risk of new chains of infection in the week’s play. "This scenario is, of course, only conceivable in full compliance with the requirements of the health authorities," fritz keller, president of the german soccer association (dfb), had stressed.

UEFA’s priority is to complete national league and cup competitions. A contingency plan provides that the games could go until july or august, which will decide on participation in the champions and europe league next season. The games in the konigsklasse and the european league could be resumed this season as soon as the national championships have been decided.

In march, the UEFA executive committee postponed the european championship by one year to 2021. The coronavirus pandemic also affects matches in the world cup qualifying groups, the 2021 nations league final and the women’s euro 2021 tournament in england.

A large proportion of the planned national games may not be played until 2021. FIFA vice-president victor montagliani is of the same opinion because the travel restrictions are expected to last longer due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This also affected the matches scheduled for april 3. September 2020 to scheduled matches of the nations league. Even qualification for the world cup in qatar may have to be shortened, he said, as the timeframe for the tournament, which starts in november 2022, becomes tighter.

Canadian montagliani, who is also president of the association for north and central america and the caribbean (concacaf), heads a fifa working group that is formulating plans to meet the challenges of the sars cov 2 virus. Since last month, gambling has been suspended in almost all parts of the world. The world federation had already canceled all the country games scheduled for march and june.


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