Only seven footballers showed up to play because their rival had been in contact with a positive case from another club in the previous match.
Receiving a goal every two or three minutes seems illogical but that happened in German football, where one team won 37-0 why his rival was afraid of catching it coronavirus. It was on Sunday in a match of the Lower Saxony 3 Kreisklassela, the 11th division, the lowest in German football.
SG Ripdorf / Molzen II had asked to cancel the clash against SV Holdenstedt II, who in the previous match had been in contact with a player who later tested positive for COVID-19. As the organizers refused, and faced with the possibility of facing a fine of 200 euros, seven players – the minimum number required – agreed to play if the social distance of 2 meters was maintained.
As they indicated, the Ripdorf players did not feel safe because 14 days had not yet passed since their rivals had come into contact with a positive case, despite the fact that all were tested and none had the virus.
“Several players have said that they would like to avoid contact with the SV Holdenstedt players to be safe and we are grateful that these seven have volunteered, otherwise the club would have had to face a fine of 200 euros and that. it’s a lot of money for us, especially in the midst of the pandemic, “said Patrick Ristow, Ripdorf’s vice president.
When the match started, a Ripdorf player touched the ball, passed it to an opponent and ran to the side. Without understanding what was happening, the Holdenstedt players soon scored their first goal, which was reproduced 36 more times.
“They did not enter into direct duels and observed the rules of social distancing, keeping two meters between themselves and the Holdenstedt players,” said Ristow in dialogue with the local ESPN signal.
In contrast, Holdenstedt’s coach, Florian Schierwater, made no secret of his anger, remarking that “there was no reason not to play this game.”
Although what happened caused a great stir on social networks, the Ripdorf manager defended the position of the players. “There is no perfect solution for this. And we continue down this route. We do not wish Holdensted any harm,” he explained.