The Bundesliga will make its long awaited return on May 15, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. The German Football Association (DFL) hope to finish the season by June 30.

League leaders Bayern Munich, are looking to continue their stunning form and retrieve the title however, the remaining matches will be played behind closed doors which means the fans can no longer enter the stadium.

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Bayern chairman Karl Heinz Rummenigge said: “I would like to thank the politicians for giving today’s decision [and for] the opportunity to finish the Bundesliga season.

“We are now looking forward to resuming play, ideally from mid-May. This ensures that the sporting decisions are made on the pitch.

“I appeal to everyone involved to follow the requirements, which are the basis for resuming games, in an exemplary and extremely disciplined manner.”

Right before their first training session, the entire team will be tested, then twice a week before the end of the season. The footballers will be advised to message the hygiene officer when they arrive, so they can ensure they are not carrying any symptoms of Covid-19.

Players will be encouraged to shower and change at home and they must put their own kit and boots into the washing machine.

Everyone must follow the rules set by the government and do their part to stop the spread of the virus.

Christian Seifert, chief executive of the DFL, added: “Today’s decision is good news for the Bundesliga and the Bundesliga 2.

“It is associated with a great responsibility for the clubs and their employees to implement the medical and organisational requirements in a disciplined manner.

“Games without spectators are not an ideal solution for anyone. In a crisis threatening the very existence of some clubs, however, it is the only way to keep the leagues in their current form.”