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 War 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,” stated the league in a press release.
All 5 of Europe’s high leagues have now been suspended, with top-flight officers in France and England making related 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 in the beginning of the week.
The German league stated it might plan to carry a gathering with golf equipment through the worldwide break on the finish of March to guage the state of affairs and take additional selections if needed.
“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 stated.
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 event.
The thought of enjoying this weekend whereas Germany stepped up measures to fight the unfold of the virus, together with closing colleges in most German areas, didn’t sit properly 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 have been being handled like “circus monkeys”, whereas Paderborn defender Uwe Hunemeier stated the “only priority must be everyone’s health”.