The Austrian football Bundesliga decided in a video conference today between representatives of all 12 clubs from the Tipico Bundesliga that the league season will be postponed until further notice, but will be ended if there is the opportunity.
The Tipico Bundesliga has therefore acted following yesterday's UEFA decision to postpone the European championships and extend domestic seasons until the end of June. This move allows the Austrian season to be delayed for as long as possible until the start of May.
Stephan Reiter, general business manager of FC Red Bull Salzburg, was in the video conference and said:
Due to the present situation this is definitely the best decision we could have made together. Of course our first thoughts are for the health of everyone in Austria and the efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus. As representatives of the clubs it is our joint responsibility to ensure we can manage this extraordinary challenge for Austrian football as best as we possibly can. We have obligations to fulfill with fans, players, partners, sponsors, media and members of staff. Should developments in the next few weeks make it possible, we want to complete the season for both footballing and economic reasons.
Christian Ebenbauer, chairman of the Austrian Bundesliga, adds:
In the current situation we are appealing to all Austrians to follow the instructions of the government and help to contain the coronavirus. The decision on when we can play again won't be made by ourselves but by the government in consultation with health experts. Should the developments of the next few weeks make it possible, we would like to finish the season for both footballing and economic reasons. The postponement of the European Championship allows us to use the time until the end of June and take as long a break as we need for the season in the meantime. We can assure our fans and partners that we will be prepared to restart at any time should the situation improve.