- COVID-19 continues to affect the world of football despite the return to action
- German football club Ripdorf tried maintaining social distancing during a game
- SV Holdenstedt II humiliated their opponents 37-0 as players fear contracting the infection
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German amateur team Ripdorf was ripped apart as their opponents found the back of the net seamlessly.
Ripdorf watched from the sidelines in safety as their opponents SV Holdenstedt II converted goal after goal in a game which eventually ended in a mammoth 37-0.
The controversial game got complicated when Ripdorf president Patrik Ristow raised alarm that their opponents who played against Eddelstorf a week earlier had contact with a player who tested positive for coronavirus.
Although the SV Holdenstedt II squad later tested negative for the infection, Ripdorf players complained that the stipulated 14 days had not passed since the first contact.
Ripdorf proposed that the game be postponed, but the plea was rejected by officials despite that SV Holdenstedt II’s first team players all excused from the game due to coronavirus fears as well.
Forced to either play or face a hefty penalty for abandoning the match, the side decided to take the field while respecting social distancing protocol.
Holdenstedt were therefore left to run rampant while their opponents watched on from a safe distance, scoring goal after goal in the absence of opposition.
"Several players on our second team told us that they would like to avoid contact with SV Holdenstedt players to be safe," Ristow later explained to AZ.
"Also because the 14 day incubation period had not yet finished. The Holdenstedt first-team game was cancelled, the second team game unfortunately was not."
Meanwhile, no fewer than 1000 fans each will be allowed into 10 different match centres when action resumes in the English Championship this weekend.
The supporters have been barred from gaining access to watch their favourite teams and players since coronavirus was declared a pandemic in March.
And this has taken a toll on all football clubs, not just in England, but across the globe as their revenues have been greatly affected.
However, as part of plans to start easing the fans into the centres, the league chiefs are said to have agreed with Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden that about 1,000 spectators be given access at 10 venues across the three divisions.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Paul Pogba's elder brother Florentin has become the latest football star to test positive for deadly coronavirus.
The 30-year-old defender who is currently on the payroll of French League Two outfit FC Sochaux-Montbeliard will now go on isolation for the next two weeks.
His younger brother, Paul, also missed most part of Manchester United's pre-season preparations due to the same reason.
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