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Bundesliga rejects stoppage call as German COVID cases soar

BERLIN, Nov 24 (Reuters) – The German Football League (DFL) on Wednesday rejected a call to halt the Bundesliga season for a number of weeks due to a pointy rise in COVID-19 cases within the nation.

The DFL, which runs the highest two Bundesliga divisions, was responding to a call from second-tier membership Erzgebirge Aue President, Helge Leonhardt, to cease play till December.

Leonhardt mentioned soccer wanted to be a task mannequin and put folks’s security first to scale back the danger of additional infections and reduce the burden on the German well being system.

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“The DFL has noted the comments of the president of Erzgebirge Aue,” it mentioned in a press release, including that any future measures would observe the recommendation of state authorities.

“The approved line of all 36 clubs (in the top two divisions) since the beginning of the pandemic has always been to act based on state guidelines.”

“A self-imposed blanket lockdown in the sense of an interruption of the season is not an issue,” the DFL mentioned.

Germany registered a report 66,884 new coronavirus infections and 335 extra deaths because of the virus, bringing the whole variety of deaths near 100,000, figures from the Robert-Koch-Institute of infectious ailments confirmed.

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Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; Editing by Alexander Smith

The logo of the German Football League (DFL) is pictured in Video Assist Centre in Cologne, Germany, August 5, 2019. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

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