German second division club forced into quarantine, raising questions about restart's viability

German second division club Dynamo Dresden was forced into a 14-day quarantine after two new positive coronavirus cases were revealed.

Dresden, which is last in the 2. Bundesliga, was scheduled to play Hannover 96 next Sunday on the first weekend of play in the German pro leagues since they were shut down two months ago.

Christian Seifert, the CEO of the German league (DFL), was realistic about the setback.

"If they decide it's 14 days, it is 14 days," he told ZDF Sportstudio. "We won't change our goals, but just the plans. And the goal has been to finish the season. It was clear that something like this could happen. Only two out of 81 2. Bundesliga games are affected, currently."

The DFL wanted only players who tested positive to self-quarantine, but the conference of sports ministers from Germany's 16 states wanted all players to quarantine if one of their teammates tested positive.

Seifert could not say what would happen if a player from a team in a state other than Saxony, where Dresden is located, tested positive.

"The DFL has been working on this plan for a long time," he said, "and we have always stressed that it is the local health authorities that decide on each individual case, on each team.”

It remains to seen what happens to the games Dresden misses. Will they be rescheduled? Will Dresden forfeit?

We will look at this next week also with the other second-division clubs."

Asked if Dresden's quarantine was a setback, Seifart was positive.

"It's not a setback. It was always clear it could happen," he said.
1 comment about "German second division club forced into quarantine, raising questions about restart's viability".
  1. R2 Dad, May 11, 2020 at 1:31 a.m.

    4 weeks. Max. Then they call the season because 1/4 of the teams will be out ill, and 10% of all players will be injured as none of them have match fitness. This season will not end well, regardless.

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