Cologne contain Covid-19 outbreak
The Bundesliga remains on course to be the first tier one European league to resume it’s 2019-20 season.
That’s following a major scare over the weekend, after Cologne confirmed that three members of their club contracted Covid-19.
All three men were asymptomatic, while Kicker have now confirmed their identities: 20-year-old left-back Ismail Jakobs and 23-year-old midfielder Niklas Hauptmann, plus club physio Daniel Schütz.
Cologne tested the remainder of their squad on Sunday to see if the virus had spread.
In a major boost on Monday, Cologne have confirmed that “the second round of tests on Sunday showed no further coronavirus infections” at the Bundesliga side.
— 1. FC Cologne (@fckoeln_en) May 4, 2020
Is this proof the Bundesliga’s Covid-19 protocols work?
Had Sunday’s tests at Cologne sprung up additional Covid-19 positive cases, suggestions that the 2019-20 Bundesliga season could restart may today be a thing of the past.
But, the news that the rest of the squad has tested negative is a massive boost for the Bundesliga’s plans to resume action.
All clubs in the Bundesliga have been returning to training through a fixed protocol of social distancing measures.
Those measures included breaking the squad up into small groups in the early weeks of training.
Kicker tell their readers “the DFL (German FA) medical concept has now passed an initial test.”
What’s next for the infected Cologne players?
Ismail Jakobs and Niklas Hauptmann, plus the physio, are now in a 14-day quarantine.
The players can only return to training and action once they’ve had two consecutive negative Covid-19 tests.
When is the 2019-20 Bundesliga set to start?
The possibility exists that the Bundesliga could restart on May 16th or May 23rd. But that’s yet to be confirmed.
No decision on football by the German authorities before next Wednesday. Bundesliga are hopeful that they will get the green light for a restart on May 16th or 23rd then.
— Raphael Honigstein (@honigstein) April 30, 2020
DFL issue gagging order to Bundesliga clubs
Kicker have also revealed that the DFL have sent out an email to the sporting directors of the 36 professional clubs in German regarding what they should do if any of their players or staff contract Covid-19.
DFL director Ansgar Schwenken told the clubs that they shouldn’t communicate any Covid-19 test results to the media.
The directive included the statement: “We recommend that you refrain from making your own pronouncements”.
Wenn das wirklich stimmt, macht die @DFL_Official es jetzt wirklich noch schlimmer:
Vereine sollen Testergebnisse nicht kommunizieren.
Kicker reporting the DFL has recommended to the 36 Bundesliga & 2. Bundesliga clubs that they don‘t release information about #COVID19 tests taken by their players & staff. Instead in future all info should be released centrally from league headquarters.
— Derek Rae (@RaeComm) May 4, 2020
Das Schreiben beginnt übrigens mit: “Sehr geehrte Herren” 🤦🏼♀️
— Katrin Schulze (@SchulzesKatrin) May 4, 2020
This article was edited by Benjamin Newman.