FRANKFURT: A shadow has been cast over next weekend’s resumption of the German league season after second division Dynamo Dresden put their squad and coaching staff into two-week isolation after two players tested positive for coronavirus.
They were due to play Hannover 96 in the scheduled first restart for a major European league after the coronavirus pandemic lockdown.
On Thursday, the German DFB said the season would resume under specific healthcase porotocols in empty stadia and by players who had undergone Covid-19 testing.
About 300 people, including players, staff and officials, will be in or around the stadiums during match days.
The league has been suspended since 13 March. Clubs returned to training in mid-April, with players working in groups.
A statement from Dresden, bottom of Bundesliga 2, said: “The fact is that we can neither train nor participate in a game in the next 14 days.
“In the past few weeks, we have made enormous efforts in terms of personnel and logistics in order to strictly implement all the prescribed medical and hygienic measures, “said Dynamo sports manager Ralf Minge .
“We are in contact with the responsible health authority and the DFL (German Football League) to coordinate all further steps.”