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Bundesliga finally postpones matches due to coronavirus outbreak after long holdout

Germany was the last big country in Europe to cancel pro soccer matches.

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The last big European sports league in denial about the scale of the coronavirus pandemic, Germany’s Bundesliga, has finally admitted that the show cannot go on as planned. The Bundesliga has followed the rest of the continent in cancelling matches until at least April 2.

Earlier Friday, Bayern Munich president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge issued a bizarre statement about why he felt the matches need go forward, saying “at the end of the day, it’s about finances.” League officials have decided to prioritize public health instead.

No one affiliated with a Bundesliga club has tested positive for coronavirus yet, but two Bundesliga teams — Hannover 96 and FC Nürnburg — have been quarantined after a possible exposure.

Much like the rest of European club football, there’s no plan in place for how Bundesliga can reschedule its matches or complete its season. UEFA is meeting Tuesday to decide if it’s feasible to delay the men’s Euro 2020 to allow countries to have enough time to complete their club seasons.