Frankfurt - The DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga have rescheduled VfL Wolfsburg's trip to face VfB Stuttgart on the opening weekend of the 2012/13 Bundesliga season.
Bender: "An exceptional situation"
After lengthy discussions with Wolfsburg and the participating media partners, the fixture will now take place on Saturday 25 August at 20:45 CEST, providing Stuttgart with an extra day to prepare for the second leg of their UEFA Europa League play-off with Dynamo Moscow.
Stuttgart's first home match of the new campaign was due to take place on Sunday 26 August at 15:30 CEST. However, VfB applied for an alteration to be made to the schedule to accommodate their encounter with the Russian side, set to take place in Moscow the following Tuesday. The resulting agreement between the two clubs, as well as the affected media partners Sky, LIGA total, ARD and ZDF, means only one top match will be played on Sunday of Matchday 1.
"Competing for a place in the UEFA Europa League during the second leg of a play-off is an exceptional situation and doesn't just hold a greater importance for VfB Stuttgart, but also for the international competitiveness of the Bundesliga," said DFL administrator Götz Bender. "Therefore, we'd like to thank VfL Wolfsburg and our media partners for forgoing their output."