Concerns about German handball are growing. Now another national player has tested positive for the corona virus. The league therefore scraps a top match – the clubs had warned this.
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In the German national handball team, after goalkeeper Johannes Bitter, another player tested positive for the corona virus. The German Handball Federation (DHB) announced this on Wednesday. The name of the player, who is currently in domestic isolation, has not been given. The result of a second PCR test is expected later in the day. The association only published the infection of Bitter on Tuesday evening. More about this here.
“We want to play it safe”
The positive tests at the DHB have an impact on the Bundesliga game plan: the top match on Wednesday evening between SG Flensburg-Handewitt (third place) and MT Melsungen (fourth place) was canceled by the HBL “in close cooperation with the clubs concerned” .
“It’s a purely preventive measure. We want to play it safe”, HBL director Frank Bohmann told SID. Of the seven German national players in the ranks of the two clubs, none had tested positive during the course week. “As the risk of infection cannot be completely ruled out, HBL GmbH protects players and people in their environment as a precaution,” HBL announced.
The other four games scheduled for next Wednesday will be played according to schedule. The games scheduled for Thursday between THW Kiel against Füchse Berlin and TSV Hannover-Burgdorf against Frisch Auf Göppingen are on the brink, however.
“If the competitions have to sit, there is no future”
Before the parties of the DHB team, there were differences of opinion between the clubs and the association. They had warned players about corona cases when they traveled to the national team and threatened not to take out their players.