Ten people have tested positive for coronavirus in more than 1,700 tests carried out by Germany’s professional soccer league (DFL) at its 36 clubs ahead a planned resumption of full training, it said on Monday. The DFL, which tested players and coaching staff at the Bundesliga and 2.Bundesliga teams, did not identify those who had tested positive or their clubs and said the cases had been reported to health authorities.
– DFL carried out tests for coronavirus in 36 clubs across Bundesliga and 2.Bundesliga
– The DFL said 10 players tested positive out of 1700 tests
– DFL did not name the players who tested positive or their clubs
“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,” it said.
The German league has been suspended since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic and the government is expected to decide on Wednesday on a potential resumption. Bundesliga side Cologne announced three positive tests on Friday and placed the individuals in a 14-day quarantine while the rest of the squad continued training.
La Liga President says we are ready to roll the league in June
Meanwhile LaLiga president Javier Tebas has reaffirmed his commitment to restarting the Spanish top-flight next month. Coronavirus testing is expected to start on Tuesday with all players, coaches and staff needing checks two days before training can begin. The Associated Press have revealed a four-stage protocol is in place to gently ramp up training sessions over the coming month before a kick-off in June.
Tebas said in a statement: “The return of football is a sign that society is progressing towards the new normal. It will also bring back an element of life that people in Spain and around the world know and love. “People’s health is paramount, so we have a comprehensive protocol to safeguard the health of everyone involved as we work to restart LaLiga. Circumstances are unprecedented, but we hope to start playing again in June and finish our 19/20 season this summer.”