Soccer-Bundesliga rejects stoppage call as German COVID cases soar

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  • Wednesday, 24 Nov 2021

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

BERLIN (Reuters) - The German Football League (DFL) on Wednesday rejected a call to halt the Bundesliga season for several weeks because of a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases in the country.

The DFL, which runs the top two Bundesliga divisions, was responding to a call from second-tier club Erzgebirge Aue President, Helge Leonhardt, to stop play until December.

Leonhardt said football needed to be a role model and put people's safety first to reduce the risk of further infections and decrease the burden on the German health system.

"The DFL has noted the comments of the president of Erzgebirge Aue," it said in a statement, adding that any future measures would follow the advice 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 said.

Germany registered a record 66,884 new coronavirus infections and 335 more deaths due to the virus, bringing the total number of deaths close to 100,000, figures from the Robert-Koch-Institute of infectious diseases showed.

(Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; Editing by Alexander Smith)

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