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Report: Bundesliga expected to re-start on May 15

The premier German soccer league is planning on a May 15th return, with government approval expected on Wednesday. We break down the news.

Thorgan Hazard of Borussia Dortmund runs during a training session of Borussia Dortmund on May 04, 2020 in Dortmund, Germany. Photo by Alexandre Simoes/Borussia Dortmund via Getty Images

The Bundesliga, Germany’s top tier of professional soccer, is set to restart competitive play on approximately May 15th, according to Reuters. The government is expected to approve the restart of matches without fans in attendance and under strict conditions.

Two weeks ago, there were reports the league would restart on May 9th. That was subsequently walked back with word that Germany was still dealing with some growing issues related to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, they appear to be comfortable enough with the current trajectory of the novel coronavirus. The country started allowing museums and hairdresses to reopen under strict conditions and car factories beginning to resume work, according to Reuters.

The Bundesliga was suspended after most teams had played 25 games. Bayern Munich held a four point lead atop the standings over Borussia Dormund, and another point on top of RB Leipzig. SC Paderborn 07 and Werder Bremen hold the two relegation spots at 16 and 18 points, respectively, with Fortuna Dusseldorf in the relegation playoff spot at 22 points.