Hertha BSC has to be quarantined after the fourth infection

JNow it is getting tougher for Hertha – the Bundesliga has its first Corona game cancellations this season. After the three positive tests with head coach Pal Dardai, assistant coach Admir Hamzagic and striker Dodi Lukebakio, another case was added to the relegation-threatened Berlin first division soccer club on Thursday evening. Winger player Marvin Plattenhardt also tested positive for the corona virus. This forces the entire team and the coaching staff “with immediate effect into a 14-day domestic quarantine,” said Hertha.

That means: Hertha BSC must apply to the German Football League (DFL) to cancel the next three games at FSV Mainz 05, against SC Freiburg and Schalke 04. From a health point of view, the complete isolation of the team is “absolutely the right step,” said sports director Arne Friedrich. The former international had taken over the training as interim coach for Dardai and led the first practice session on Thursday afternoon. The next shock followed after the training. This also raises general questions about professional football in the difficult phase of the corona pandemic.

After the first three positive test results, the health department had ordered the team, the coaching team and the close employees around the cadre to be isolated in a joint quarters until April 28 and not to be sent to quarantine at home. This initially also applied to the trainer’s son Marton Dardai as contact person K2, as he no longer lives in his parents’ house.

“Game operations cannot be maintained like this”

But with the fourth corona case, the situation changed. Detlef Wagner, district councilor for social affairs and health from the responsible district office in Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, explained to bild-online. There is “no Lex-Hertha – especially not from our health department”.

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