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Second league clubs apply for short-time workUEFA approves schedule changesOliver Kahn sees "great opportunities" Sky sends historic Bundesliga conferenceSerie A could continue on May 20April joke? Stevens gives Schalke comeback recovery concept in Spain +++ 02.04.2020, 2:09 p.m .: FC St. Pauli applies for short-time work +++ Like many other clubs, FC St. Pauli also applied for government aid in the form of short-time work in the corona crisis. The second division soccer team announced this on Thursday, and the application to the employment agency was made retrospectively for March. FC Nürnberg had previously made a decision to this effect, and the Kiezkicker professionals seem to be willing to forego salaries. There were "already positive signals from the licensing sector and from executives" that "one would like to participate in an overall package of solidarity," it said in a statement by the club. "The government offers its help and we do not understand it as Begging to accept this help, "said Bernd von Geldern, Director of Sales, about the application for short-time work benefits:" Because it's not about getting federal funding, but about ensuring that all employment relationships that are subject to social security are preserved. Our primary goal is to that we prevent layoffs under all circumstances. "+++ 02.04.2020, 1:38 pm: Werder professional Vogt gives insights +++ defender Kevin Vogt from Werder Bremen considers the Bundesliga season to be continued with ghost games for the" right way "in the Corona crisis." For many clubs it is a matter of bare survival. It is therefore necessary to use a cost apparatus. F For many, the wheel has to turn, "said the 28-year-old in a video interview that was broadcast live on his club's website." It is therefore very important for many clubs that the games take place – even without spectators. Because everything else is not portable. When you see what measures are being taken now, you cannot say: in a month and a half we will fill the stadiums again. Therefore: better games without spectators than no games. "The loan player from 1899 Hoffenheim also cleared up in the conversation with the legend that the individual training program of football professionals during the Corona crisis was only a lax matter. Whoever claims that," I order it for the repeat. The only thing I managed to do after that was a walk with my dogs, "said Vogt. All Werder players had got individual running plans for the past few days and should be back in Bremen by Thursday." That was demanding. I've never walked through the park so ambitiously. Much more was not possible after the program, "said Vogt. +++ April 2, 2020, 1:26 pm: Doll pleads for ghost games +++ The long-time Bundesliga coach Thomas Doll has expressly spoken out in favor of the soon-to-be held ghost games. In addition to economic and sporting reasons, the former international underlines the social importance of football games in the age of the corona pandemic. "People long to turn on the television and watch the ball roll. It is very important to keep people busy, "Doll said in an interview with" SID ". Given the" bad news that is currently reaching us from all over the world, football is still the most beautiful thing in the world. And it would be nice if you could turn on the TV at the end of April or the beginning of May and get a little distraction while playing football. "He misses football a lot, said the former coach of Borussia Dortmund and Hamburger SV." I do now watch the TV more often and watch some classics or run old games that I was a trainer for, "said Doll, whose last engagement in Germany last year was Hannover 96:" But such a real live game where it was It's all about points and you can cheer for them – we all lack that. "Doll described the current situation in football as" existential. "At ghost games," to save entire clubs and thus football, "emphasized Doll," we can not avoid it – provided the health of the players is ensured. "+++ 02.04.2020, 12:36 pm: UEFA decides on changes to the game plan +++ The corona crisis is also spinning the international game plan for the youth footballers and the up-and-coming soccer players. Following the video conference with the general secretaries of all 55 member associations, the Executive Committee of the European Football Union (UEFA) decided on Wednesday to cancel and postpone the U17 juniors: the European Championship finals planned for May will be canceled planned EM final round will be postponed "until further notice". It should take place at a later date because it is a qualification tournament for the World Cup. U19 Juniors: The European Championship finals planned for July will be postponed "until further notice". It should take place at a later date, as it is a qualification tournament for the World Cup. U19 juniors: The European Championship final scheduled for July will be canceled. +++ 02.04.2020, 12:05 p.m .: Bayern board member Kahn sees opportunities +++ The new board member Oliver Kahn sees the chance that FC Bayern Munich can emerge stronger from the corona crisis. "A crisis is always a resilience test. It shows how we as a club and all those involved with it Bypassing change: If we can absorb such shocks, there is a great chance that we will emerge stronger from the crisis, "said Kahn in the April issue of the member magazine" 51 ". So football has to prove how resilient it is in the difficult Corona period. "There is also a world after Corona. This crisis will change our attitude in many areas of life. For football, this could be a reversal of its chronic overheating mean more, "said Kahn. The 50-year-old reported about" daily virtual meetings "in the club and the establishment of an internal team," which coordinates the special requirements of this unusual situation ". +++ 02.04.2020, 11: 5 pm: Quirky video from Union-Profi +++ Training in the "Home Office" bores all football professionals – but Rafal Gikiewicz has a lot of fun. The goalkeeper of the Bundesliga club Union Berlin has come up with some bizarre forms of training in the past few days and made his fans on Twitter laugh. In a video, the Pole keeps fit with the song "Call on me" with an aerobic dance – in the style of the 80s: leggings with a wildcat look, green headband, yellow socks, turquoise and low-cut top. In other videos, the 32-year-old armed with a mop is practicing pole vaulting and golf. He also turned his couch armchair into a ring and threw a roll of toilet paper through his living room in the "hammer throw". The goalkeeper was also enthusiastic about dry swimming with fins. It was important to him, emphasized the football professional, "that the smile does not disappear from our faces even during this time. +++ 02.04.2020, 11:36 am: Ibra relies on trust and patience +++ The Swedish football star AC Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic understands the Italian authorities’s response to the spread of the novel corona virus, “It’s tragic that the football leagues have closed down, but we have to respect the system and be patient,” said the 38-year-old striker the Swedish newspaper "Svenska Dagbladet". A solution had to be found that was good for everyone in society. "Health comes before all sports." Ibrahimovic said that he was not worried about the coronavirus pandemic. "No, I'm not worried about Corona. I think that will resolve." You just have to wait until the experts know what to do. He personally spends his time doing things like moving his furniture, television and fitness. "I like being at home. I don't like going out so much, I prefer to do it in my own home." The conversation with Ibrahimovic was held in Stockholm at an unspecified time in March after the professional footballer went on for the Situation in Italy had returned to Sweden. Because of the Corona crisis, Italian football had decided to leave the ball in Serie A until further notice. +++ 02.04.2020, 11:05 a.m .: Stuttgart professionals donate +++ The football professionals of the Second division clubs VfB Stuttgart are involved in the fight against the corona crisis. Together with VfBfairplay, the umbrella brand for the club's social commitment, they donate 100,000 euros. The money is intended to benefit the needy as well as nursing staff and doctors who are exposed to particular stress during this time. "Not only is our country currently in an exceptional emergency situation. Many individuals are also hard hit economically and in health terms these days," said the former National player Mario Gomez, who, like his colleagues, is already foregoing part of his salary. The initiative in the team was initiated by Philipp Klement. "For us as a team it was clear: We stand together as a team and help where help is most urgently needed," added Gomez. Help is provided by the Schwäbische Tafel Stuttgart eV, as is the provision of homeless and homeless people with food and hygiene items get supported. Nurses and doctors in hospitals receive vouchers for local shops, restaurants, cinemas, book stores or cafes. "Many of the shopkeepers, but also many nurses and doctors are VfB fans and support us all year round. Now we want to be there for the people," said Gomez. +++ 02.04.2020, 10:48 am: Child draws parallels to 1954 +++ Majority shareholder Martin Kind von Hannover 96 hopes that the professional football business will continue in the Corona crisis, also for social reasons. "It would be an emotional and positive signal that gives people confidence and hope if we go back play, "said the 75-year-old to the" sports buzzer ". "It starts again, it starts again." That is "a little bit like after the war with the 1954 World Cup". For the time being, the game in the Bundesliga and in the 2nd Bundesliga is suspended until April 30th. The clubs hope primarily for economic reasons to continue the season that was interrupted in March, because otherwise they risk losing revenue in the millions. +++ 02.04.2020, 09:06: Overmaers is harsh criticism +++ The Dutch football record champion Ajax Amsterdam reacted to the decision of the national association KNVB to hold the remaining eight match days in the honorary division by August 3 with no understanding. "Why is money and not public health at this moment? I was hoping that the KNVB would make its own decision and not hide behind UEFA's back," Ajax sports director Marc Overmars told Telegraaf. "Many clubs think the same way." The division of honor is dead. The fun is gone. In the Netherlands we are not as dependent on TV revenues as the leagues in Spain, England, Italy and Germany, "said the 86-time international:" I think that the big countries have put UEFA under pressure to play at all costs. " Overmars' call for an end to the season had nothing to do with Ajax being the leader. In the Netherlands, sporting events are prohibited until June 1st as part of the Corona control. +++ April 2, 2020, 8:32 am: Bundesliga conference on Saturday +++ After Sky broadcast the first Bundesliga conference on German television on August 12, 2000 almost 20 years ago, the pay broadcaster has also left this tradition in football-free Time does not rest. Because no football is played until April 30th due to the coronavirus pandemic, Sky will continue the Bundesliga season with historic duels and a currently live "hisTOOORian Sky Conference" from April 4th "according to the original schedule." "as Sky announced. The format is planned until the Bundesliga starts playing again, whether the legendary 4: 4 in the district derby between Borussia Dortmund and FC Schalke 04 in November 2017, the spectacular 7: 4 of Schalke against Bayer Leverkusen (February 2006) or that 3: 3 between FC Bayern Munich and Fortuna Düsseldorf from the previous season: through the "hisTOOORische Sky Conference" fans can relive the best games of the past years on Saturdays from 3:00 p.m. In addition, other spectacular games will be new produced live conference. From 6:30 p.m., a top game of the day will follow, as on every Bundesliga Saturday. At the start, Sky shows the games that, according to the game schedule, were actually on the program – compiled from the best duels between the respective clubs in recent years. The matches from Bayer 04 Leverkusen – VfL Wolfsburg (season 2014/15), RB Leipzig – Hertha BSC (2018/19), TSG 1899 Hoffenheim – 1. FC Köln (2017/18), 1. FC Union Berlin – 1. FSV Mainz 05 (2001/02) and FC Augsburg – SC Paderborn (2014/15). This is followed by one of the past top games between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern. +++ 02.04.2020, 07:45 a.m .: Stendel worries about Scottish clubs +++ Daniel Stendel, team manager of the traditional Scottish club Heart of Midlothian from Edinburgh, is worried about Scottish league football. "It will be difficult for the small clubs to be able to finance the expenditure without income," he said of the corona pandemic in Scotland to the news portal "t-online.de". Stendel considers it almost impossible that the game will continue: " In my view, it is difficult to end the season in Scotland in public. In contrast to the German 1st and 2nd league, the TV revenue is so minimal that it would not save football in Scotland. " In Scotland, the clubs lived off the audience revenue. Stendel himself had reacted and, on April 1, completely waived his salary at Hearts. "We want to be able to continue playing football after the crisis. I want to do my part to help the club survive," emphasized the 45-year-old. "We are privileged to do our job in professional football. Now it's time to to give something back. " +++ 02.04.2020, 07:25 clock: professionals rely on studying +++ The Corona crisis apparently moves some of the currently "unemployed" Bundesliga players to expand their non-football horizons. According to information from the ARD radio research Many kickers are currently pushing their distance learning to do sports, some are now starting to study. Most are studying sports management. Because there are no games in the German professional leagues until at least April 30, according to the ARD research, many use the free time to take online exams or do homework for their distance learning. RB Leipzig's international Lukas Klostermann (23) studies economics , while Gladbach's world champion Matthias Ginter (26) completed his studies as a certified sports manager just as successfully in March 2018 as FC Bayern Munich goalkeeper Sven Ulreich (31) in September 2017. +++ 01.04.2020, 21:20: re-entry concept in Spain +++ The Spanish association has apparently drawn up a plan for the gradual resumption of training and game operations. The radio station "Cadena Cope" quoted on Wednesday from a 19-page concept paper, according to which the clubs from La Liga should proceed in three steps: individual training, training in groups of eight, team training with ball. According to the still rough concept, the clubs should: Cadena Cope published in parts, to be largely isolated. At the same time, the players, all members of the coaching staff and the family members with whom the players live under one roof should be tested for the corona virus 72 hours before returning to full training and another 15 days before resumption of play. +++ 01.04.2020 , 8:30 p.m .: Serie A thinks about a continuation in May after Italy's association president Gabriele Gravina considers it possible that in Italy the Serie A, which was interrupted due to the corona crisis, will continue in seven weeks. Before that, however, the nationwide lockdown would have to be lifted. According to Gravina, this could be the case on April 18. "In this case, the championship could start on May 20 or early June," said the FIGC president on Wednesday on "TMW Radio". To cancel the championship would be complicated, as two thirds of the games had already been played, Gravina explained. The FIFA World Cup and the European Football Union UEFA are willing to continue the championships beyond the June 30 deadline. "Finishing the championships is an absolute priority. After that we can plan the next season," Gravina said. +++ April 1, 2020, 8:15 pm: Russia pauses until the end of May +++ Due to the Corona crisis, league operations in Russian football will be at least until May 31. This was announced by the national association RFS on Wednesday, the previous regulation had provided for a break until April 10. Abandoning the championship is currently not an issue, said Sergej Prjadkin, head of the top division Premier League. +++ April 1, 2020, 5:30 p.m .: UEFA emergency session: No international matches, no appointments for CL and EL ++ After the next continental emergency meeting, the European Football Union announced that the national team's scheduled performances for June will be postponed "until further notice". There are also no new dates for the continuation of the season in the Champions League and Europa League. According to a report by the "ZDF", the international competitions will not even start again in July and the winners will be chosen in August. This would create the necessary scope for the Bundesliga to be able to end its season by June 30, as hoped. In the video conference, the general secretaries of all 55 UEFA member associations discussed how to proceed, including Friedrich Curtius for the German Football Association. Following a decision by the Executive Committee of the Continental Association, the dates for all UEFA club competitions for the 2020/21 season have been postponed until further notice. For example, the admission procedure does not start as planned – this also enables a longer season in the national leagues. >> Click here for the detailed article +++ 01.04.2020, 03:32 p.m .: Exception in NRW +++ DFL Presidium member Alexander Wehrle has an exception for professional athletes in North Rhine-Westphalia confirmed.The state government of North Rhine-Westphalia approved under the generally applicable hygiene regulations that professional athletes are allowed to train in the coronavirus crisis. This includes the clubs of the first and second Bundesliga, which are gradually returning to training at their training facilities under strict conditions. "Of course, we will also observe the relevant hygiene regulations and necessary protective measures. We are planning, starting next Monday, probably initially in small groups to train again, "said the managing director of 1. FC Köln in a video press conference. +++ April 1, 2020, 3:05 pm: Werkself also waived part of the salaries +++ The football professionals too of the Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen make their contribution to the coronavirus crisis. The players agreed to salary cuts, as the works club said. "The team is happy to forego part of the salary to support the club in its efforts to deal with the corona crisis economically," said Bayer captain Lars Bender.Rudi Völler (59) described the willingness of the team as "a gesture that did not surprise us after the talks of the past few weeks". "The entire coaching staff, the management and the management of course join in," said the sports manager. +++ April 1, 2020, 2:06 pm: Hertha excludes terminations at the end of the season +++ Bundesliga club Hertha BSC wants Even in the event of a season break, no operational layoffs. As the club announced on Wednesday, the club is prepared for the emergency by the pro rata wage waiver of the players and coaches and a short-time rule. The league is currently paused until April 30 due to the corona crisis, since all license players, the coaching and function team, the management and senior staff have waived part of their salary for three months and all other employees are on short-time work until the end of May, according to Finanz – Managing Director Ingo Schiller no layoffs necessary. +++ April 1, 2020, 2:05 pm: HSV professionals (still) not affected by short-time working +++ Starting in April, more than 100 employees will join the Hamburg SV second division soccer team for two months Short-time work. HSV Fußball AG concluded a corresponding company agreement at the beginning of this month, the club announced on Wednesday, "The top priority for us is the long-term preservation of all the jobs of our core workforce," said CFO Frank Wettstein. The company agreement is valid until May 31. +++ April 1, 2020, 2:04 pm: Ghost games on free TV? That's what the DFL +++ says Football fans in Germany have to do without a stadium experience for a long time – but despite the increasing longing for live events, there will only be possible ghost games on free TV in exceptional cases. "Everything is free for everyone Offering accessibility would affect the contracts that we also have with the public broadcaster or destroy the value completely. This would make us in breach of contract ", DFL boss Christian Seifert made it clear. More on this here. +++ April 1, 2020, 2:02 p.m .: Werner and Co. also waive their salary +++ In the course of the corona crisis, the professionals from Bundesliga club RB Leipzig also agreed to waive their salary to the club with salary savings in the lower double-digit percentage. In particular, the association's employees are to be supported. "For us as a team it was clear that we had to make our contribution. Many people are losing their jobs these days or have to do short-time work," said captain Willi Orban: "That is what RB Leipzig does So far it is not necessary, of course we are happy as a team, and we also want to contribute to the fact that it stays that way if possible. "+++ 01.04.2020, 01:29 pm: Schalke applies for short-time work +++ The Bundesliga soccer team FC Schalke 04 has applied for short-time work benefits for a large part of its approximately 600 employees. Corresponding media reports confirmed media director Thomas Spiegel on request. "Yes, that's right. The special thing is that the difference is compensated by the association to 100 percent due to the drop in salary among those affected. Our board has insisted on that. This is by no means a matter of course," said Spiegel of the "Deutsche Presse-Agentur". +++ April 1, 2020, 1:01 p.m .: Mainz cancels US training camp +++ Bundesliga soccer club FSV Mainz 05 has approved the plans for a summer training camp in the United States due to the corona crisis "We started planning for a training camp for our professionals in the United States six months ago," said Mainz sports director Rouven Schröder (44) of the "Bild" newspaper. According to Schröder, the club has moved away from that , "when it was indicated that we would be confronted with other issues due to the effects of the corona epidemic". +++ 04/01/2020, 12:18 pm: Stevens back to Schalke +++ S04-Jah rhunderttrainer Huub Stevens makes his comeback at Schalke. The 66-year-old coaches the Royal Blues FIFA team for the duration of the Bundesliga Home Challenge. "It was a great pleasure when the club asked me if I could imagine preparing the team for the Bundesliga Home Challenge. I didn't hesitate for a moment," the Dutchman said on the club's homepage. We have to stop the Wolfsburg team as a team. If we have the ball, we have to play forward quickly, if we don't have it, we have to quickly find out as a whole team. That must always be the basis. If the basis is correct and we avoid mistakes, we have to we have a good chance. "That Stevens can really help the gamers can be doubted, FC Schalke definitely demonstrates humor with the action – especially on April 1st … +++ 01.04.2020, 10:49 am: KSC rejects bankruptcy rumors +++ Second division soccer team Karlsruher SC has denied media reports of a near-term bankruptcy – but has not denied the seriousness of the situation. "Provided the TV funds come," said managing director Michael B ecker, "according to current planning, we are well positioned until June 30th". Due to the corona crisis, however, the people of Baden are "in an unprecedented situation". +++ April 1, 2020, 10:45 am: BVB stars want to save Großkreutz pub +++ In 2016 Kevin Großkreutz opened the pub near the BVB stadium -Restaurant Schmackes, however, the company is currently suspended due to the corona rules in Germany. However, thanks to the help of his former colleagues, the 2014 world champion still wants to ensure that money flows, and the Schmackes sells vouchers online. Anyone who buys one worth at least 20 euros takes part in a raffle. Großkreutz has received the tempting prizes from a number of BVB stars, for example, to win an original jersey from Erling Haaland, Marco Reus, Mario Götze or Marcel Schmelzer or goalkeeper gloves from Roman Bürki and Roman Weidenfeller. In addition, Simon Terodde from 1. FC Köln donated shoes and a camisole. From 10 euros the voucher will be given a personal dedication, from 50 euros voucher value you can look forward to a video for your birthday, wedding or similar occasions. "Professional colleagues and friends were ready to support me immediately. I am grateful for that and hope to survive the dry spell," quotes "Bild" Großkreutz. Despite the crisis, Großkreutz's 25 permanent employees are to be guaranteed a job for at least two months +++ 04/01/2020, 10:15 a.m .: Reuter demands preparation after corona break +++ Stefan Reuter has requested a preparation time for all first and second division teams for the phase after the corona break. A too quick start with competitive games would increase the risk of injury, says the managing director of Sport of FC Augsburg of "Sport Bild". "It is imperative that there is a preparation time of at least two weeks for each team after the Corona break. Why? you in the season preparation a targeted structure? To work towards the top level, "said Reuter. +++ 01.04.2020, 09:43: Premier League clubs fear star flight +++ While the top stars at FC Schalke 04, Bayern, BVB, FC Barcelona and Co. waive part of their salary, the English Premier League is still holding back when it comes to getting the top performers in the Corona crisis on their wallets. According to the "Daily Mail", the clubs are simply afraid that their actors will flee. According to this, the clubs should be afraid that their supports will find another employer if there are no payments. In this case, the basis for an early farewell would be a breach of contract. Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United have already decided to cut their salaries, but this only affects staff away from the court. +++ 01.04.2020, 09:13: Ex-Marseille President Diouf dies of Corona +++ Pape Diouf, the former president of the French first division football club Olympique Marseille, died at the age of 68 as a result of a coronavirus infection. This was confirmed by his family at the AFP news agency, Diouf, who most recently lived in Senegal, was initially hospitalized in Dakar after the infection broke out and was scheduled to be taken to France by plane for treatment on Tuesday. His condition deteriorated so quickly, however, that he died on Senegalese soil before departure. +++ April 1, 2020, 8:45 am: First crisis, then austerity? Gladbach transfers wobble +++ Actually, it was already clear how Borussia from Mönchengladbach wanted to strengthen in the summer. But the Corona crisis has upset the foal's plans. A generous offer by the club to the current players could ensure that Marco Rose has to go into the coming season without the planned new additions. To cope with the effects of the Corona crisis, a large number of German football professionals have now given up their wages agreed to. The professionals at Borussia Mönchengladbach are no exception and leave the club 15 percent of their monthly salary. More on this here. +++ 04/01/2020, 8:35 a.m .: Rummenigge wants games from May +++ Bavaria's CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge hopes that the Bundesliga can start playing again in May. Rummenigge told Sky that there were a number of wish scenarios, and that was one of them: "The most important thing for all of us is that we are allowed to end the season. Ideally, for us all, of course, the wish would be that from May onwards It will have to be seen whether the wish can be fulfilled at the end of the day. "When asked what the latest possible date for the end of the season would be, Rummenigge replied:" First of all, we are now trying to end the season in any case It's about sporty merits, it's about: who will become German champions, who will qualify for the Champions League, for the European Cup, and who will have to bite and descend, who will get out of the second League high? And of course it's also about the financial problem, which is there for all 36 clubs. "Even if the ball doesn't roll again from May, the continuation of the season has priority, emphasized the Munich boss:" Ic h think if we have to stop the season, then all 36 Bundesliga clubs will have great financial suffering and it is important to prevent them. "+++ 01.04.2020, 07:59 Bayern star with great gesture +++ Despite quarantine in the distance Munich soccer star Philippe Coutinho sparked a massive relief effort in his hometown Rio de Janeiro. According to the internet portal "Globoesporte", the 27-year-old donated around 20 tons of food and hygiene products that had been in poor neighborhoods around the Vasco da Gama stadium since Tuesday where he started his career, on the more than 1000 plastic bags filled with rice and beans, sugar, oil and coffee, but also detergents and dishwashers, there is a message from the Selecao player borrowed from FC Barcelona. "The world is going through a difficult moment and each of us has to make our contribution," the Brazilian writes, urgently asking: "Let us stay at home." And Coutinho, who was born not far from the Arena San Januario, continues to promise: "That is only the beginning of a big welfare campaign. " With 23 deaths and 708 confirmed cases (as of Tuesday), Rio is the second largest epicenter of the coronavirus crisis in Brazil after Sao Paulo (136/2339). In the coming days, however, a drastic increase in cases of Covid 19 is expected, especially in the poor neighborhoods of the city. +++ 01.04.2020, 07:29: Survey reveals opinion of football fans +++ A third of the According to a survey, soccer fans are in favor of an immediate season break in the Bundesliga. Nielsen Sports found this out in a representative survey, but 65 percent of those interested in football wanted the current season to be over. 45 percent would make friends with the so-called "ghost games". The opinion poll was carried out before the general meeting of the German Football League in Frankfurt. The 36 professional clubs of the 1st and 2nd Bundesliga decided on Tuesday to suspend play until at least April 30, and the clubs are sticking to their goal of ending the suspended season by June 30 despite the coronavirus pandemic. The DFL keeps various models open for a conclusion of the currently suspended 2019/20 season. +++ April 1, 2020, 6:14 am: Ex-Marseille boss died at Corona +++ The former president of the French first division football club Olympique Marseille, Pape Diouf, died at the age of 68 from the consequences of a coronavirus infection. This was confirmed by his family from the news agency "AFP". The Diouf, who was most recently living in Senegal, was first taken to a hospital in Dakar after the outbreak of the infection. On Tuesday, he was to be taken to France by plane for treatment. However, his condition deteriorated so quickly that he died on Senegalese soil before departure. The former journalist and player consultant was president of OM from 2005 to 2009. +++ 03/31/2020, 10:33 p.m .: No restart possible in China yet +++ Setback for Chinese sport in the corona crisis: The government of the Asian country has "The move towards normality is being halted until further notice on Tuesday." For better epidemic prevention and control, major sporting events such as marathons, in which crowds gather, should not be resumed, "said a message from the General Sports Administration. The CBA basketball league and the Chinese Super League football league also apparently have to wait, as the CBA had reportedly considered resuming their seasonal operations over the next few weeks without spectators and prompting foreign players to return to the country. Among other things, the former NBA star Jeremy Lin followed. The soccer players are still waiting for their start of the season, which should have been in February. +++ 31.03.2020, 9.45 p.m .: Professionals in NRW are allowed to train again +++ In the Bundesliga, the ball is at least until the 30th April, but in North Rhine-Westphalia the football elite can start training on the grass despite the coronavirus pandemic. This was confirmed by Dortmund's Ordering Director Norbert Dahmen on Tuesday to the "WDR". "When Marco Reus, Axel Witsel or Roman Bürki jog through Dortmund, this attracts too much attention," argues CDU politician Dahmen, who is in favor of a loosening up at the state government in Düsseldorf who has implemented regulations for professional athletes. This exemption does not apply to amateur athletes. "The Ministry of Health has made it clear in a letter that professional athletes have a profession and that they may not be restricted in their professional practice," said Dahmen. However, the professionals would have to keep their distances and should only train in groups of two. The regulation applies not only to professional soccer players in North Rhine-Westphalia, but also to competitive athletes in the country's Olympic bases. >> Click here for developments before March 18, 2020 >> Click here for developments before March 22, 2020 >> Click here for developments before March 27th, 2020 >> Click here for developments before April 1st, 2020