London : German beginner facet SG Ripdorf/Molzen II sacrificed a good defence for social distancing as they fielded solely seven gamers as a coronavirus precaution in a 37-Zero loss to native rivals SV Holdenstedt II.
The preparations for Sunday’s match in Lower Saxony’s 3. Kreisklasse – the 11th tier of German football – had been sophisticated when it emerged that Holdenstedt gamers had been in touch with an opponent contaminated with Covid-19 in a earlier match.
While all members of the Holdenstedt squad later examined destructive for the virus, Ripdorf, from Uelzen in Lower Saxony, didn’t really feel the circumstances had been secure and had been capable of subject solely seven gamers – the minimal quantity required for a match.
“We are thankful those seven players volunteered, otherwise the club would have faced a 200-euro fine for abandoning the match,” Ripdorf co-chair Patrick Ristow instructed ESPN. “That’s a lot of money for us, especially amid the pandemic.”
Holdenstedt confirmed no mercy and scored a aim practically each two minutes, whereas their opponents watched on from a secure distance.
“When the game kicked off, one of our players passed the ball to the opponent and our team walked to the sidelines,” Ristow stated.
“The Holdenstedt players did not understand. But we did not want to risk anything. For the rest of the match, our players returned to the field but they only stood on the pitch.”
The match outcome has since created a stir on social media however Ristow stated Ripdorf solely centered on what was greatest for the wellbeing of all of the gamers on the pitch.
“There is no perfect solution for it. And we went down this route,” he added. “We wished Holdenstedt no harm.”

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