World to watch German Bundesliga restart

Florian Luetticke and John Bagratuni
Bayern Munich's chairman says the Bundesliga restart will put Germany in the world's spotlight

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge expects "billions" to watch the German Bundesliga restart at the weekend while clubs are reportedly at odds over procedures should the season have to be abandoned.

Rummenigge told the newspaper Sport Bild weekly that the Bundesliga will get plenty of global attention which could showcase the nation's football amid the coronavirus crisis.

"The Bundesliga is now the first major league in the world to resume playing. And if the Bundesliga is the only league around the world to be broadcast on TV, then I assume that we will have an audience of billions all over the world," Rummenigge said on Wednesday.

"It will not only be an advertisement for our football, for the Bundesliga, but for the whole country and especially for German politics, which made this possible with its very good approach.

"When I was a young guy, 'Made in Germany' was a trademark. This has been somewhat lost in recent years. The restart of the Bundesliga also shows: 'Made in Germany' is an absolute seal of approval again."

State authorities last week gave permission for the Bundesliga and second tier to restart under strict hygiene and safety rules drawn up by the German Football League (DFL) and German Football Federation (DFB).

Nine rounds are left to play and DFL supervisory board chief Peter Peters confirmed a report from the Bild paper that the 36 clubs were to approve a worst-case scenario at Thursday's assembly, relegating the bottom two in both tiers and not expanding the leagues if the season can't be completed.

"This scenario is highly unlikely, but should also be regulated. I am convinced that all clubs agree to this proposal," Peters told dpa.

However, that vote is now reportedly postponed by a week because Bundesliga clubs could not agree at a video conference with the DFL Wednesday on the demotion/promotion aspect, with 10 in support but the eight others opposing.

A champion would be crowned and Bild said clubs are also to be asked on Thursday to permit an extension of the season beyond June 30, if necessary.