The Austrian soccer championship, suspended in mid-March due to confinement established by the spread of the coronavirus, will resume in closed June in early June, the government and league officials said Tuesday.
“If full training starts on May 15, I suppose we can resume the championship during the first week of June,” Austrian Bundesliga President Christian Ebenbauer said at a press conference.
The clubs of the first division return to training on Friday with their entire teams. Since mid-April, players exercised alone or in small groups.
The Bundesliga and the government have decided that if a player becomes infected, he will be quarantined, but the rest of the team will be able to continue training and playing matches while undergoing regular tests and limiting their social contacts outside the field of play.
The precise date of the return of the Austrian championship, with ten days to go, will be announced in the coming days. The day in which the Cup final will be played between Salzburg and second division Austria Lustenau will also be outlined.
At the time of the break, LASK was the leader with a three-point lead over Salzburg, which has won the title in the past six years.
Austria, with 8.8 million inhabitants, was one of the first European countries to start deconfinement in mid-April. According to the balance of Tuesday, 15,877 cases have been detected, with 14,148 cured and 623 deceased.
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