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2020 04 30 Retrieve

[Bundesliga return decision delayed with proposed May 9 restart looking impossible] DFL of course accepts that no decision over re-starting Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga was taken today. Alongside our medical and organisational teams, DFL and the clubs will carry on preparing to continue the season in May

2020 05 04 Retrieve

[DFL confirms 10 positive coronavirus test results in Bundesliga and 2.Bundesliga] As part of a first wave, a total of 1,724 coronavirus tests have been carried out at the 36 Bundesliga and 2nd Bundesliga clubs since Thursday. Samples from players and other team personnel such as coaching staff and physiotherapists were taken and examined by five specialist laboratory groups across Germany. Ten cases of infection were identified and reported to the health authorities. The respective measures, for example, the isolation of the people affected, including environmental diagnostics, were carried out directly by the respective clubs in accordance with the requirements of the local health authorities. A second wave of tests will be carried out this week - here too there may be isolated positive test results, especially since one of the tasks of this second round is to reduce the likelihood of ‘false negative’ findings that can never be completely ruled out. The DFL will continue to report on the results after this second test wave. The tests carried out in the past few days have served their purpose of providing additional security and thus protecting the players as best as possible from infection in team training or game operations. In the coming weeks and months, it will continue to be a matter of consistently implementing the agreed measures in everyday club life as well as in the private sphere. In the event of positive test results, the decision about the measures to be taken lies with the local health authorities

2020 05 14 Retrieve

[Bundesliga to allow five substitutions and relegation if season is completed amid coronavirus] From now on, each club will have a total of three opportunities to substitute players during a game, including the half-time break. If there is extra time in the second leg of the relegation play-offs, both teams are given a fourth opportunity to change players, which they can use in the interruption between regular time and extra time or in the half-time period of extra time. The DFL ‘Football Commission’ recommends that a maximum of two players be substituted at the same time. In the event that the season has to be abandoned prematurely, a regulation regarding the sporting classification is to be developed within the next two weeks. There will also be the possibility of a match being played in another stadium at short notice for overriding compelling legal, organisational and/or security reasons

2020 05 15 Retrieve

[German Football League (DFL) announced on Thursday that Bundesliga clubs will be able to use five substitutes as a result of the coronavirus pandemic] From now on, each club will have a total of three opportunities to substitute players during a game, including the half-time break. If there is extra time in the second leg of the relegation play-offs, both teams are given a fourth opportunity to change players, which they can use in the interruption between regular time and extra time or in the half-time period of extra time. The DFL ‘Football Commission’ recommends that a maximum of two players be substituted at the same time

2020 05 17 Retrieve

[There has also been controversy over players celebrating close together or even kissing, as was the case after Hertha Berlin scored against Hoffenheim] On the subject of goal celebrations, it was something that was merely advised in the guidelines - sanctions are therefore not necessary

2020 06 05 Retrieve

[DFL fine Borussia Dortmund star for breaking coronavirus lockdown to get a haircut] The DFL fines Manuel Akanji and Jadon Sancho. The Borussia Dortmund players had apparently violated general hygiene and infection protection standards at home hairdressing appointments, and in particular the medical and organisational concept of the DFL task force ‘Sports Medicine / Special Game Operations.

There is no question that professional footballers have to have their hair cut. However, this currently has to be done in accordance with the medical-organisational concept. In specific cases, the club had also provided its players with a corresponding opportunity.

In principle, the DFL does not provide any information about the amount of a penalty in contractual penalty proceedings. Players have the right to lodge a complaint within five days. The penalties are expressly not directed against the club, for which no ‘organisational fault’ is recognisable.