World sport has been on hold since the novel Coronavirus outbreak turned into a pandemic and started spreading globally. After several postponements in the past months, many top European football leagues have started to cancel the ongoing season. However, some leagues have still kept the current season on hold, one of them being the Bundesliga. FC Cologne, one of the popular clubs out of the German league had even resumed training. The unfortunate result of it is three confirmed COVID-19 cases in the club.
While the German government has postponed any decision regarding any sporting activity in the country until May 6th, some Bundesliga clubs, including FC Cologne are already populating the training grounds, even though there is no confirmed date on the restart of the league yet.
However, after the confirmation of three Coronavirus cases, Cologne has put their entire squad, officials and staffs undergo testing on Thursday. The news was confirmed through a statement on the club’s official website.
“FC Köln had the entire team and coaching staff, along with the backroom staff, tested on Thursday for COVID-19. Three people tested positive, all are symptom free.” the statement read.
“After an assessment of the cases by the responsible health authorities, the three people who tested positive will go into a 14-day quarantine at home,” the statement added.
Cologne has also chosen not to reveal the identities of the three COVID-19 affected patients.
“The health and private sphere of players and staff have priority above all else,” Horst Heldt, Cologne’s managing director added on the situation, “the previous measures, as well as the strategy of regular tests, have proven themselves so that we can now react with individual solutions.”
Christian Seifert, chief executive of German Football Association (DFL) had recently touched on the option of a behind closed doors return of Bundesliga on 9th May. Although, with the further delay on the government’s announcement regarding sports, it is unlikely that there will be any footballing action in Germany in the upcoming weeks.
Cologne currently sit in 10th position in the league table, with 32 points from 25 matches.
Germany has seen over 164,000 positive Coronavirus cases till date, and 6736 patients have succumbed to the virus.