German football got approval from the Ministry of Labor to return the Bundesliga on the 9th of May. However, two players and a physiotherapist from FC Koln, a team of the first division, tested positive to the new coronavirus.
Because of this unexpected fact, the ministry may have to postpone the return of the German Bundesliga once again.
Last Wednesday, the German Ministry of Labor gave a favorable opinion on the continuation of the Bundesliga. According to Björn Böhning, secretary of state at the Ministry of Labor, the safety of players, coaches and the coaching staff could be guaranteed, as long as they followed a security plan.
In this way, the German Football League (DFL) drew up a detailed plan of protection to the return on the 9th of May. The matches would be played behind closed gates and frequent tests on the athletes would happen, in addition to providing for harsh hygiene measures.
Still, a videoconference meeting was scheduled for the next Thursday, as the final word rests with the German government. Until then, expectations were around a decision favorable to the continuation of the season. However, the return of the suspended league since the beginning of March is seriously threatened.
That’s because FC Koln announced through its social networks that two athletes and a physiotherapist on its team tested positive for Covid-19, and stressed that they will be in self-quarantine for 14 days until a new test is done.
According to the statement, those infected have no symptoms and their names have not been published.
Even so, the club said they will continue training, following hygiene recommendations, adopted since April 6, and testing their squad three times a week. According to the director, Horst Heldt, “the health and the private sphere of the players and employees are a priority, above all”. In any case, football will almost certainly not return on the stipulated date.