If there is one area in life that social distancing is a problem it is in football and that proved to be the case for an amateur German football team last weekend.
Ripdorf, who play in the 11th tier of German football, were thrashed 37-0 after they played whilst social distancing following fears they could contract coronavirus from their opponents.
Ripdorf were due to play SV Holdenstedt II last weekend but the match was thrown into doubt by allegations that a Holdenstedt player had been in contact with someone infect with Covid-19.
An amateur German team were thrashed 37-0 after they played whilst social distancing following fears they could contract coronavirus from their opponents
There was very little resistance from the defence as they kept their distance from the attackers
Holdenstedt’s attackers breezed through on goal and slammed the ball into the back of the net
Ripdorf president Patrik Ristow had made the claim that an opponent could have caught the killer disease during Holdenstedt’s previous game against Eddelstorf.
The Holdenstedt squad later tested negative for coronavirus but Ripdorf were not satisfied with those results because the standard 14 day isolation period had not been completed.
In a bid to get the game called off, Ripdorf pleaded with the local football authorities but their attempts were rejected.
Remarkably, Holdenstedt’s first team were allowed to postpone their clash but the second team were not given the choice and Ripdorf had to either play or face punishment for refusing to turn up.
They chose to play, only naming seven players in their team, but ensured they maintained social distancing throughout the 90 minutes.
That inevitably allowed their opponents to run riot and score 37 unanswered goals.
‘Several players on our second team told us that they would like to avoid contact with SV Holdenstedt players to be safe,’ Ristow told AZ, as reported by Goal.
Top-flight football in Germany returns on Friday night when Bayern Munich host Schalke
‘Also because the 14 day incubation period had not yet finished. The Holdenstedt first-team game was cancelled, the second team game unfortunately was not.
‘The coaching staff and club directors are responsible for the team and, naturally, accept the situation in today’s world. To contain possible chains of infections, this should be in everybody’s interests.
‘At the same time, as a club, we have to be careful not to incur unnecessary punishments for not showing up during his difficult corona period. That would make the financial situation of the club even worse. So we are in a bind.’
Germany has so far had more than 250,000 cases of coronavirus and just under 10,000 deaths.
There will be no social distancing needed when the Bundesliga gets back up and running on Friday night with the top-flight’s rigorous testing programme back up and running to ensure the season runs smoothly.