Hertha Berlin’s Hungarian coach Pal Dardai, assistant coach Admir Hamzagic and Belgium striker Dodi Lukebakio have tested positive for Covid-19 and the team has been ordered into isolation, the Bundesliga club said Thursday.
Hertha says the trio, who are symptom-free, are on isolation at home.
Adding that rest of the squad and staff are also to isolate together until April 28.
However allowing them to leave their common quarters only for training and matches.
The period also covers Hertha’s away Bundesliga match at Mainz on Sunday, the home game against Freiburg next Wednesday,
and the visit to bottom side Schalke on April 24.
“We will accept this challenging situation as a team and do everything together to be successful in the upcoming matches,”
said sport director Arne Friedrich, who is training the team in place of Dardai
Hertha Berlin In Covid-19 Isolation
The entire Hertha Berlin squad is to observe a mandatoty 14-day home quarantine after multiple players and staff members tested positive for COVID-19. The Berliners have suspended training and have requested the DFL to postpone their next three Bundesliga games.
Hertha Berlin were due to face FSV Mainz 05 in a relegation six-pointer this weekend. And with next week being an English week in the Bundesliga, their games against SC Freiburg and FC Schalke 04 will now also have to be postponed.
Hertha Berlin, who are currently in a relegation battle, will now hope to play their catch-up games in the last week of April or the first week of May.
Only the semi-finals of the DFB-Pokal are fixing for the May 01/02 weekend, giving teams the opportunity to fulfil their fixtures.
The DFL was considering implementing 14-day quarantine training camps for the 36 teams in the Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga last month. While the measure was not adopted then, it may come back on the table now. Several matches in the 2. Bundesliga have also been postponed in recent weeks, with two teams currently in quarantine.