German Bundesliga suspended over coronavirus fears

German Bundesliga suspended over coronavirus fears

German Bundesliga suspended over coronavirus fears

The Premier League, Football League Women's Super League and Scottish leagues have suspended all matches until the weekend of 3-5 April in response to the coronavirus pandemic. And in case the remaining nine games of the season aren't completed, Bundesliga clubs could lose €700 million, as per Sport1.

The DFL appealed to fans not to gather outside stadiums at the other matches.

"Nonetheless, the fact remains - regardless of the decision that is reached on Monday - that German professional football is in the biggest crisis in its history".

"Following a meeting of shareholders today, it was unanimously chose to suspend the Premier League with the intention of returning on April 4", the Premier League, Football Association (FA), EFL and WSL said in a joint statement.

It said in an earlier statement: "The goal is still to finish the season by the summer - from a sporting point of view, but especially because an early end to the season could have consequences that could threaten the existence of some clubs".

The games included the Ruhr derby between Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04.

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Late on Thursday it was announced Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta had tested positive for the virus, and early on Friday Chelsea striker Callum Hudson-Odoi revealed he had been affected, while Everton say a first-team player has shown symptoms.

However, the club was still waiting for the results of tests on the players.

The league had initially approved the weekend matches to be played behind closed doors, but developments Friday led to all the fixtures being called off.

"This is insane. Please stop fooling around and land on reality", he said on Twitter.

His own chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge disagreed. "If that payment were not forthcoming, many small and middle-sized clubs would have financial problems".

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