Coronavirus Outbreak: Top two football divisions in Czech Republic planning to restart seasons on 25 may

Six rounds of football games in the regular season and the playoffs remain in the first division. All players will be tested for the virus and all games will be without spectators.

The Associated Press April 27, 2020 22:53:26 IST
Coronavirus Outbreak: Top two football divisions in Czech Republic planning to restart seasons on 25 may

Prague: The top two football divisions in the Czech Republic plan to restart on 25 May as the government eases restrictions to contain the coronavirus , the leagues said on Monday.

 <span class=Coronavirus Outbreak Top two football divisions in Czech Republic planning to restart seasons on 25 may" width="380" height="285" />

Representational image. Reuters

The clubs must approve the plan at a meeting 12 May because the competitions would not be completed until July. Some sponsorship deals and player contracts expire by the end of June, when the leagues were originally scheduled to conclude.

Six rounds of games in the regular season and the playoffs remain in the first division. All players will be tested for the virus and all games will be without spectators.

The decision to restart is in line with UEFA's recommendation for leagues to “explore all possible options” to complete their seasons.

The organizers said government approval is needed because games would require the presence of some 130 people, including players, referees, club officials and others at the stadium.

The government said it will allow team sports competitions to restart on May 25 but it's not clear yet how many people can gather at stadiums.

The Czech Republic has not been as badly hit by the pandemic as some other European nations. Italy, Spain, France and Britain all have recorded more than 20,000 deaths. In the Czech Republic, 221 people have died of COVID-19 and more than 7,400 have tested positive.

Click here to follow LIVE updates on coronavirus outbreak

Updated Date:

also read

Serie A: AC Milan sign defender Fode Ballo-Toure from Lille on four-year deal
Sports

Serie A: AC Milan sign defender Fode Ballo-Toure from Lille on four-year deal

"AC Milan are delighted to announce the permanent signing of Fode Ballo-Toure from AS Monaco," last season's Serie A runners-up said in a statement.

Premier League: Demarai Gray joins Everton on three-year deal after loan spell at Bayer Leverkusen
Sports

Premier League: Demarai Gray joins Everton on three-year deal after loan spell at Bayer Leverkusen

The 25-year-old Gray joins from Bayer Leverkusen, where he had been on loan from Leicester. The contract, till June 2024, includes the option for a fourth year.

I-League: Coach Richard Hood says Bengaluru United will tweak training for Qualifiers to factor in lack of match practice
Sports

I-League: Coach Richard Hood says Bengaluru United will tweak training for Qualifiers to factor in lack of match practice

The Qualifiers are scheduled to be held in Bengaluru in September and will see 10 teams vying for one available spot in the I-League.