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German second-division club Dynamo Dresden confirms two Covid-19 cases

Bundesliga second-division club Dynamo Dresden has reported two Covid-19 cases after the third round of tests, and the whole squad and coaching staff will be required to go into quarantine for 14 days.

The club has a match scheduled against Hannover on May 17, unlikely to happen according to sporting director Ralf Minge: "Fact is that we can't train or compete in the next 14 days."

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Fiorentina confirm three players and three staff members have tested positive for Covid-19

Fiorentina, an Italian Serie A soccer club, announced today three players tested positive for Covid-19 as well as three members of the back-up staff.

The club says the six persons will remain in self-isolation, with first-team training activities hoped to resume this week for the rest of the squad.

Fiorentina became the second Serie A club to confirm a player has coronavirus after Torino announced a positive test yesterday.

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Bundesliga to resume season on May 15th
Bundesliga match between Hertha Berlin and Eintracht Frankfurt
Bundesliga match between Hertha Berlin and Eintracht Frankfurt Credit: Érico Andrei (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

The Bundesliga will resume on May 15, the German Football League (DFL) announced today, becoming the first major football league to resume playing during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Germany's top politicians approved a plan for the Bundesliga to resume in stadiums without spectators and with players regularly tested.

"Matches will be allowed under the approved rules," said Angela Merkel at a press conference in Berlin.

"After weighing up all the arguments, the DFL Executive Committee decided today... to resume play in the Bundesliga and 2nd Bundesliga from 15 May 2020," the DFL said in a statement to magazine Kicker.

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German health minister endorses Bundesliga plan to resume play behind closed doors

Jens Spahn stated earlier today "The (football league's) basic plan makes sense and could serve as a model for other professional sports".

The German Football League (DFL), which operates Germany's top two divisions, is hoping to restart the season behind closed doors as soon as May 15 the first of the five major European domestic leagues to resume since the Covid-19 pandemic started.

The official announcement will come after the Committee of Sports holds a meeting on Wednesday and put its proposal forward to the government.

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PSG awarded Ligue 1 title, Amiens and Toulouse relegated
Parc des Princes before a PSG game
Parc des Princes before a PSG game Credit: Zakarie Faibis (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

French League (LFP) announced Paris St Germain (PSG) have been awarded its seventh Ligue 1 title in eight years after the season was ended amid the COVID-19 crisis.

PSG had a 12-point lead over second-placed Marseille when the season was suspended as part of the French government’s measures to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus last month. The LFP also crowned Lorient as Ligue 2 champions in a conference call.

“We have decided there would be two promotions and two relegations,” Didier Quillot, the chief executive of the French League, told a news conference. It means Amiens and Toulouse will be relegated and Lorient and Lens will be promoted.

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Italy's sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora believes Serie A clubs should be "thinking about next season"

After France, the Netherlands, and Belgium leagues called off their seasons, Italian sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora stated: "These decisions could push Italy to follow this line, which would become a European line".

Spadafora also said "If the championship should ever resume, it will certainly be behind closed doors,"

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German Basketball League considers finishing season with a 10 clubs playoff
View from Mercedez Benz Arena before an Alba Berlin game
View from Mercedez Benz Arena before an Alba Berlin game Credit: Érico Andrei (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

The clubs of easyCredit BBL unanimously agreed in a video conference to end the 2019/2020 season if corresponding official permits for the necessary training and game operations is obtained.

It is planned the season with continue with playoffs at one location with FC Bayern Munich Basketball, MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg, HAKRO Merlins Crailsheim, ALBA BERLIN, EWE Baskets Oldenburg, RASTA Vechta, Brose Bamberg, BG Göttingen, ratiopharm ulm and the FRAPORT SKYLINERS.

The location will be announced on Monday, May 4th, 2020.