Latest soccer news during covid-19: German clubs to discuss resumption date
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Soccer clubs from Germany’s top two divisions will discuss setting a date to resume the suspended season amid the coronavirus pandemic. It could be as soon as next week.
The German Football League’s board reportedly favors a start date of May 15 but some clubs want it later.
Werder Bremen sporting director Frank Baumann backs a May 23 start to “reduce the injury risk” with more training and because some clubs were cleared to return to training earlier than others. Mainz wants two weeks to prepare.
The league was given the go-ahead Wednesday to play in empty stadiums following a meeting between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and state governors.
More teams are returning to full-team training instead of working in small groups.
Borussia Mönchengladbach is resuming full training despite what it called “very weak positive” coronavirus tests for one player and one staff member. The club says the player has since tested negative twice and the staff member is isolating at home after one negative test.
Brescia captain Daniele Gastaldello says his entire squad opposes resuming the Serie A soccer season amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Gastaldello tells Italian daily La Repubblica “we don’t feel safe. They’re asking us to resume training and to get back out onto the field right away ... It’s putting all of the players’ safety on the line.”
He says “I’m speaking for me and for my teammates" and adds it's not worth it “if the price of resuming is us getting seriously injured.”
Most clubs in the Italian league are resuming training on an individual basis this week but last-place Brescia is one of the holdouts.
Brescia is one of areas hit hardest by the virus but Gastaldello says he was never tested.
He says “we’ll know if we’ve had it only once they test us before training.”
Brescia president Massimo Cellino has also been a vociferous opponent to resuming the season but says it’s not because he wants his club to avoid relegation.
The Italian government has not yet approved the resumption of the season.
Associated Press (AP)