A German soccer workforce misplaced 37-0 to their native rivals after fielding solely seven gamers who socially distanced all through the match.
Ripdorf fielded the minimal variety of gamers on Sunday as a result of their opponents SV Holdenstedt II got here into contact in a earlier recreation with somebody who examined optimistic for Covid-19.
Their workforce examined damaging however Ripdorf mentioned the situations weren’t secure.
If Ripdorf had not performed, they might have confronted a €200 (£182) nice.
They’d requested for the match – within the eleventh tier of German soccer – to be postponed however the native affiliation refused.
Ripdorf mentioned they didn’t really feel secure as on the time of the sport 14 days had not but handed since Holdenstedt gamers had come into contact with the one that examined optimistic.
Holdenstedt’s first workforce didn’t play within the match and the membership fielded their second workforce.
Firstly of the match, considered one of Ripdorf’s gamers stepped onto the pitch, handed the ball to an opponent and the workforce then walked to the sidelines.
Ripdorf co-chair Patrick Ristow informed ESPN: “The Holdenstedt gamers didn’t perceive. However we didn’t wish to danger something.”
He added of his gamers: “They didn’t go into direct duels and noticed the social distancing guidelines, preserving two metres between them and Holdenstedt gamers.”
Holdenstedt didn’t maintain again, scoring a objective each two or three minutes.
“There was no motive to not play this recreation,” Holdenstedt coach Florian Schierwater mentioned.