Bundesliga Set List Of Rules For Players Ahead Of Return On 9 May
The Bundesliga have set a list of rules that must be adhered to when football returns.
The German top tier is set to be the first major league to return to action, with Bundesliga bosses aiming for the league to return behind closed doors on May 9th after a swift and effective response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
But a leaked document from the German FA and the DFL shows that there are a number of guidelines that must be followed to limit the spread of coronavirus.
For starters, players will have the option to live at home or in the team hotel but are banned from kissing or having sex if the player or their partner develop symptoms.
It's also advised to keep track of family members and not to share toothbrushes, towels, dishes, drinks or bed sheets.
Instructed to stay inside and not use public transport, players are being told to cough and sneeze at least two metres away and do so onto their arm or a handkerchief.
If in a hotel, they must avoid contact with anyone else where possible in addition to wearing masks and keeping a two-metre distance. They will not be allowed access to bar or room service and must press the lift buttons with their elbows.
In terms of training, teams will be tested regularly before sessions (twice a week before the end of the sessions) and contact training is to be minimal, in addition to team meetings taking place in big, spacious rooms.
Showers and changing should be happening at home, with players individually placing their kit and boots into the washing machine as a precaution.
Special arrangements will be made for travelling to games and temperature checks are to be carried out on every player upon entry to the stadium along with regular disinfecting on team buses and changing rooms.
Private conversations and whispering between teammates is to be avoided, while the standard format for a game is being nixed in these unprecedented times.
Teams won't line up alongside one another in the tunnel, substitutes will change and warm up seperately and keep their distance on the bench.
There will be no mascots or pre-match handshakes, as well as a lack of post-match activity in the form of mixed zones and press conferences.
Behind closed doors fixtures will allow for roughly 300 people in total. Four policemen, 10 journalists, four ball boys, eight groundsmen and 50 security staff is the breakdown of the cap being given.
If fans gather outside, that will result in a swift and direct postponement of the game in question.
Should the league return as planned, it will resume with a huge game between second-placed Borussia Dortmund and third-placed RB Leipzig - which promises to be a belter even in such unusual circumstances.