Bundesliga marks soccer's return to action
5/16/2020 10:12:37 PM

Bundesliga, Germany's top tier of soccer, returned to action Saturday behind closed doors though via the airwaves on television.

It marked the first major European soccer division to play after the outbreak of COVID-19 halted the sport nine weeks ago.

It was a different experience for players, who were used to over 40,000 roaring fans in attendance but instead had none Saturday as the nation slowly eases its lockdown.

"It was weird, but we were ready for the fact that there wouldn't be any spectators," Leipzig defender Lukas Klostermann said according to CNN.

Bundesliga officials enforced strict rules before and during play, including having the 12 teams in action quarantined the week prior to taking the field, utilizing regular testing of players along with multiple dressing rooms to assist in social distancing measures.

The winning side of other matches simply raised then lowered their arms in celebration with no contact between players in another sign of the times.

"It was an extremely painful afternoon," Schalke midfielder Daniel Caligiuri told his club's website. "None of us were at our best today. We obviously missed the support of the fans, but we have to just accept the situation."

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