The Bundesliga president Christian Seifert announced during a press conference in Frankfurt the return of the German football league season on May 16 following parliamentary approval amid the COVID-19 crisis, Thursday.

"These matches are no normal matches. They will continue to take place under the presence of the coronavirus. Everyone in the league must have it clear: we are playing on probation and every match-day is a chance to prove that we deserve the next one, explained Seifert. "This decision allows all clubs a continuation of their usual activity and for some clubs, this means their financial survival," he added.

The German first and second football leagues have been put on hold since March 13 and will now resume matches behind closed doors. The remaining nine rounds of the Bundesliga calendar will go ahead with short training camps in isolation for each team as players have been undergoing regular COVID-19 tests, with 10 cases confirmed so far.

On Wednesday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced a further relaxation of the country's coronavirus regulations. However hygiene and physical distancing rules are to be enforced until at least June 5.

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