Three people at Cologne - later revealed to be two players and a physiotherapist - went into quarantine after testing positive for Covid-19 on Friday. Picture: Reuters
Three people at Cologne - later revealed to be two players and a physiotherapist - went into quarantine after testing positive for Covid-19 on Friday. Picture: Reuters

Positive news for Cologne as players and staff test negative for Covid-19

By DPA Time of article published May 4, 2020

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BERLIN - The Bundesliga breathed a sigh of relief on Monday

when Cologne reported no further coronavirus infections had been

found at the club after three positive tests last week.

Cologne said "the entire team, as well as the coaching and backroom

staff," underwent a second test for Covid-19 on Sunday and an

independent laboratory said they were all negative.

On Wednesday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and state premiers will

again meet to discuss easing lockdown restrictions in Germany with

the possibility of resuming the Bundesliga again on the agenda.

Three people at Cologne - later revealed to be two players and a

physiotherapist - went into quarantine after testing positive on

Friday.

The German football league (DFL) has created a safety and hygiene

concept as it hopes to return to action behind closed doors this

month. This includes regular testing and only players who have been

tested negatively twice in succession are allowed to train or play.

Cologne said they would continue to train in groups from Monday while

new Paderborn chief executive Fabian Wohlgemuth said they would

resume team training as soon as possible after the results of their

second tests.

On Monday the DFL confirmed a report in Kicker magazine which said

it recommended clubs do not publish results of their own tests but

that a central announcement would be made.

While some clubs have issued their own statements or confirmed media

reports, Augsburg, Borussia Moenchengladbach and RB Leipzig have not

released information.

As part of the DFL concept for a return to football, it will not be

automatically released to the media if a player tests positive for

the coronavirus.

Meanwhile, football lawyer Horst Kletke does not believe players

could legally refuse to play out of fear of infection should

restrictions be lifted and matches behind closed doors approved to

complete the season.

"If there is no contact ban or other restrictions which ban training

or playing, the work must be done," he told the Frankfurter

Allgemeine Zeitung paper.

However, players could not be forced to live in quarantine when

healthy between matches. "Especially in this point the voluntary

acceptance and agreement is needed, in work contracts there is no

24/7 requirement."

Werder Bremen advisory board chief Marco Bode admitted that forcing

players to play was unrealistic even if legally possible.

"If we want to see games again in this Bundesliga season or in the

coming first half of next season, we need highly motivated

professionals who want to win in this situation just as much as

before," he told Radio Bremen.

"And you can't do that when you don't want to. From my point of view

we will never force anyone."

DPA

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