The DFL has finally announced that they will suspend all the Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga matches from March 17th until April 2nd as coronavirus fear intensifies in the country. The fixtures that are supposed to take place this weekend, including Bayern Munich’s match against Union Berlin, will be conducted behind closed doors as planned.
In the statement released by DFL, they mention that the health of the entire population, including the fans and the players, has top priority. They have made an appeal to the fans to not gather outside the stadium for this weekend’s matches.
With a view to the coming weekend, both the DFL and clubs will continue to be in close contact with the Federal Ministry of Health and the local health authorities at the respective stadium locations of the Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga. The health of the entire population and thus of all football fans as well as all players in the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 has top priority.
The DFL, like many clubs and fan groups, appeal not to gather in front of the stadiums and thus to do their part to protect the population . On the coming match day, the clubs will reduce the manpower involved in the game to a minimum.
DFL also announced that Hannover’s match against SG Dynamo Dresden will be cancelled and all professionals of the club are ordered to quarantine themselves.