Thirteen of the 36 German Bundesliga and second division clubs are threatened with bankruptcy because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to one of the country's leading sports publications.
Citing figures given during a video conference for members of the German Football League (DFL) on Tuesday, Kicker magazine said that the second tier has nine threatened teams, while the top-flight Bundesliga - which includes clubs like Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund - has four.
The report says seven second-division clubs would have to file for bankruptcy at the end of May if play has not started again by then and money from the league's broadcast deal is not forthcoming. The two other second-tier sides face the same scenario in June.
Kicker claimed that one Bundesliga club is in acute danger, only able to meet obligations until May. The three other top-flight clubs would have to file for bankruptcy in June.
German clubs are set to lose some 750 million euros ($A1.4 billion) if the season cannot be completed, the vast majority from broadcast rights.
The DFL and clubs still hope to complete the season, behind closed doors and beyond the normal June 30 deadline. All action is currently suspended until April 30.
Australian Associated Press