Bundesliga return delayed
Bundesliga clubs will have to wait a bit longer to return to match action. Friedemann Vogel/EPA.

The Bundesliga will not return on May 9 as suggested following a decision by the German government to delay a decision on its restart date until May 6.

Germany’s top flight was being touted for a return early next month, but the delay means the division won’t resume until a few weeks later after a spike in coronavirus cases. The league is now targeting May 16 or 23 for their restart.

Chancellor Angela Merkel held a videoconference with the federal heads of state on Thursday. It’s understood a draft resolution will be submitted when the chancelleries next meet on Wednesday, though that means the Bundesliga’s previous return date is no longer viable, per Sportschau (via ESPN FC’s Stephan Uersfeld).

Commentator Kevin Hatchard addressed the latest developments but said the Bundesliga was still hoping to restart in mid or late-May:

The German Football League (DFL) previously accepted it would wait for official confirmation from the government on whether a return was possible in the immediate future.

Per Uersfeld, a statement from the DFL read: “The DFL of course accepts that today no decision was made on the resumption of Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2.”

Germany’s decision to delay came on the same day that the Professional Football League (LFP)—French football’s governing body—confirmed the final table standings after ending both Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 campaigns early, per ESPN FC’s Jonathan Johnson.

Manuel Veth cited Chancellor Merkel, who dismissed speculation regarding France’s attempts to convince Germany to follow suit:

Bundesliga clubs have been training in small groups, with players and staff to undergo coronavirus tests up to twice per week.

Defending champions Bayern Munich are currently four points ahead of second-place Borussia Dortmund with nine games to play, while RB Leipzig and Borussia Monchengladbach occupy third and fourth, respectively.

Paderborn are bottom of the standings and 10 points adrift of safety with Werder Bremen just ahead, while Fortuna Dusseldorf are sat in the relegation play-off place.