Supporters of Wolfsburg present a banner with the crossed-out brand of the DFB in the course of the German first division Bundesliga soccer match between VfL Wolfsburg and RB Leipzig in Wolfsburg, northern Germany, on March 7, 2020.
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The German soccer league on Friday halted first division Bundesliga video games with instant impact over the coronavirus pandemic, the primary such suspension since World Conflict II.
“Given the developments of today with new coronavirus infections and suspected cases directly linked to the Bundesliga and the 2nd division, the German Football League has decided at short notice to postpone today’s matches,” mentioned the league in an announcement.
All 5 of Europe’s prime leagues have now been suspended, with top-flight officers in France and England making comparable bulletins earlier on Friday.
Spain’s La Liga postponed fixtures for 2 weeks on Thursday, whereas Italy’s Serie A was placed on maintain till April three initially of the week.
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The German league mentioned it could plan to carry a gathering with golf equipment in the course of the worldwide break on the finish of March to judge the state of affairs and take additional selections if essential.
“The goal is still to get to the end of the season before the summer, for sporting reasons, but also because a permanent stoppage to the season would put the survival of certain clubs in danger,” league officers mentioned.
An extension of the season into June would require suspending Euro 2020, which is because of begin June 12. European soccer’s governing physique will maintain a disaster assembly subsequent Tuesday to find out the destiny of the match.
The thought of enjoying this weekend whereas Germany stepped up measures to fight the unfold of the virus, together with closing faculties in most German areas, didn’t sit nicely with a number of gamers.
“This is crazy. Please stop fooling around and land on reality. Let’s be honest, there are much more important priorities than any sport,” tweeted Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara.
Union Berlin goalkeeper Rafal Gikiewicz claimed footballers had been being handled like “circus monkeys”, whereas Paderborn defender Uwe Hunemeier mentioned the “only priority must be everyone’s health”.