Bundesliga Players Face New Dos And Don’ts For Closed-Door Games

May 10, 2020
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Bundesliga players have been alerted that they will be more responsible and observe certain dos and don’ts when the 2019/2020 season resumes next Saturday, May 16 in order to help in flattening the curve of covid-19 spread.

Bundesliga is set to become the first top flight European to defy the coronavirus pandemic and resume action, with the remainder matches to be played without spectators.

The head of the Bundesliga Coronavirus task force Tim Meyer on Sunday spoke about how the closed-door matches would be managed and emphasised that players must act more responsibly off the pitch.

“Football has to give something back to the people now. That also means to be disciplined as a player. Keeping themselves away from the virus and the virus from them is the target. They need to be responsible,” Meyer who is also the chairman of the UEFA medical committee told Reuters.

“They [players] are very public and need to show how to behave — on the pitch, play football as always but as soon as you leave the pitch, you are a citizen again and need to behave as a citizen in times of Corona.”

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Meyer added: “We do not think that any job, any profession in the country is 100% safe at this moment, as long as you deal with other human beings.

“Sometimes there are people who say, ‘there is still a little risk’. Yes, there is. We will not be able to eliminate any small risk — we did a lot, we put a lot of measures in place, to make sure that infections from football are highly unlikely,” he said.

The Bundesliga has produced a detailed set of strict guidelines for the restart which include three separate zones at stadiums to limit human contact and reduce the chances of viral transmission along with a large scale testing procedure.

There will also be an impact on those living with players.

The co-habitants, wives or partners of all Bundesliga players will be required to choose from three options — either to undergo two tests, agree to document each contact outside the house or they have to live separately.

However, the decision on how to respond to any positive tests amongst players — and who in a squad might need to be quarantined as a result — will remain with the local health authorities in Germany.

That came into the spotlight on Saturday when Bundesliga 2 team Dynamo Dresden were told by their local health body to put the entire squad into 14 days quarantine after two of their players tested positive for the virus.

The decision means Dynamo will not be able to play their scheduled first game after the restart on 17 May.

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