Virologists criticise Bundesliga return plan: Coronavirus tests should be reserved for patients and medical staff – not footballers

23 April 2020

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Photo: PA Images The Bundesliga could return as early as 9th May, having gained support from two state prime ministers.

Football should not be granted special allowances to return to normal, according to some virologists.

The Bundesliga could return as early as 9th May, having gained support from two state prime ministers.

Emil Gjerding Nielson nielson@offthepitch.com

Coronavirus testing kits should be reserved for patients and medical staff, not footballers, according to a virologist, who spoke after some aired plans for the return of the Bundesliga as early as 9th May.

German football has been suspended until at least 30th April due to the coronavirus pandemic, but clubs have been allowed to resume training since 5th April – provided local state and city authorities allows it. However, two of the country's state prime ministers earlier this week publicly voiced support for football's resumption behind closed doors as early as 9th May.

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