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Covid-19 cases hit Bundesliga restart plans

DFL CEO Christian Seifert speaks after DFL general assembly on March 16, 2020 in Frankfurt (Photo by Arne Dedert/Pool/Getty Images)

German Bundesliga 2 team Dynamo Dresden has been placed in a two-week quarantine after two people from the club tested positive for Covid-19.

The news comes as a blow to the Bundesliga’s plans to resume its 2019-20 season this Saturday.

The Bundesliga 2 club said on its website that tests taken on Friday had revealed two new positive cases and local health authorities had ordered the team into quarantine.

“Due to the quarantine measures, (the club) will not be able to travel to Lower Saxony for the away game on matchday 26 as planned,” the club said. Dresden were scheduled to play Hanover 96 next Sunday in their first game back following the stoppage.

“We said from the beginning that this is something we have to be prepared for,” Christian Seifert, chief executive of the Deutsche Fussball Liga, which runs the Bundesliga, told media. “If a 14-day quarantine is now scheduled, then we have to deal with it next week in the spirit of the game plan…

“For the 2nd division, where 81 matches are still to be played, two of Dynamo Dresden’s matches cannot be played at the moment. But we are not changing our goal to finish the season.”