While football was one of the major sports that was halted due to the novel Coronavirus pandemic, a number of European football leagues such as the French Ligue 1 and the Dutch Eredivise had already decided to cancel the ongoing season. However, Bundesliga had faced an ‘infinite suspension’ of its 2019-20 season, and after positive COVID-19 cases from FC Cologne emerged, the German Football Association (DFL) had decided to carry out a number of tests. Now, a total of ten players from both the first and second division of the German top flight have tested positive.
Prior to a complete restart of training, a total of 1700 players and staffs from 36 Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga clubs were tested, but DFL has decided to keep their identities disclosed.
“The tests carried out over the past few days have served their purpose of providing additional security and thus protecting players from infection during team training or matches,” DFL said in a statement.
“The appropriate measures, for example the isolation of the affected persons, were taken immediately by the respective clubs in accordance with the specifications of the local health authorities,” the statement added, “the overriding goal is to ensure maximum prevention on the basis of detailed distance and hygiene measures and permanent monitoring,”
The DFL also stated that another round of test will be conducted in the coming week, as there are chances of positive cases that may have been isolated.
Back on 13th march, Bundesliga was first suspended until April 2nd, which was later extended to 30th. However, while normalcy hasn’t returned in Germany and even behind closed door matches can be a potential hazard for the players, the German government has decided to release a statement on Wednesday regarding the any further decision regarding postponement or resumption of the sport in the country.
Bayern are currently seating at the top of the league table with 55 points from 25 games, four points ahead of Borussia Dortmund.
More than 166,000 positive cases have been confirmed in Germany till date, and the death toll has risen to 6,909.