The German club side F.C Cologne have confirmed that three of their players have reportedly tested positive to global pandemic coronavirus.
According to the club, they said even though this has happened their plans to resume training still stands, they said the training would “continue as planned”.
The Bundesliga is set to become the first major football league in Europe to resume and complete their league, and even with the case of the three F.C Cologne players who have tested positive to the virus, it will not change their plans to resume the league.
Recently the Bundesliga extended the resumption of their league by seven days, officials of the German Bundesliga suggested that resumption will be on the 9th of May, but the government delayed the decision and said they would resume either 16th or 23rd of this month May.
According to FC Cologne management, they said: Those who tested positive are “symptom-free” but will remain in quarantine for 14 days. “The entire team and coaching staff, along with the backroom staff, tested on Thursday for Covid-19,” the statement added.
“FC Cologne management did not reveal the names of the players for privacy sake. They said training could continue as planned, according to the hygiene and infection control measures that have been in place since 6 April in group training.
“The prerequisite for this is that the relevant group of people are tested further, as stated for in the medical concept of the ‘Taskforce Sports Medicine/Special Game Operation’ from the DFL.” On Thursday, Chancellor Angela Merkel said that any decision on if and when sports activities could resume would now be taken on 6 May.
The league has been suspended since mid-March because of the global coronavirus pandemic. “It is absolutely necessary that we remain disciplined and stick to health guidelines,” Merkel said.
The DFL has warned that many top-division teams will be in an “existence-threatening” financial position if the play does not resume by June. FC Cologne is currently in the 10th place position.