Aue (AP) – For the first time this season, the corona virus is ruining the game plan in German professional football. Late Saturday evening, FC Erzgebirge Aue announced that a test in the morning would have resulted in two new positive corona cases.
“On behalf of the health department, the FC Erzgebirge Aue team will immediately travel back to the Ore Mountains and quarantine as a precaution,” the club said. On Sunday (1.30 p.m.) Aue would play in the second division at Hamburger SV.
The HSV immediately confirmed the cancellation. “The second division home game of HSV against Aue is (…) canceled”, the club announced. “For HSV, this means that a training session will take place on Sunday at 10.30 am instead of the match match. Ticket buyers and VIP customers will be informed about the further procedure in the coming week,” the newspaper said.
“It is very regrettable. The present time is an ordeal for society, the economy and all areas of social life. We have to face it and come out stronger from the negative events. Our fathers and grandfathers in the Ore Mountains have this as part of our DNA. ” wrote Aue president Helge Leonhardt on Twitter.
During the week, the corona virus interrupted Erzgebirge Aue’s preparations for the match. Because a person near the club had tested positive, the team could only train individually on Wednesday and Thursday. A successive series of tests produced only negative results, so team training resumed Friday.
In the past season, positive coronavirus cases at Dynamo Dresden led to several game postings. Shortly before the restart in May, the team of the club, which at the time was at risk of relegation, had to be quarantined for 14 days. Dresden then had to play seven games within 19 days. Dynamo were relegated at the end of the season.
It is unclear at this point how long the Auer team should be in quarantine and how many games to postpone. Since there is an international break after the current match day, the game could continue against HSV, which has to be rescheduled.