As covid-19 resonates into the second surge, several Eredivisie clubs are rising concerns whether the league season can go on as planned.
Eight players of PSV Eindhvoven’s team, including captain Denzel Dumfries, were not among the attendees for the weekend match at Vitesse Arnhem after getting infected by coronavirus. “I am highly concerned about the wellbeing and fitness of the players and their families,” said Roger Schmidt PSV coach subsequent to Sunday’s game, which Vitesse won 2-1. “What can we do if one of us tests positive for covid-19 test and are dragged to a hospital or even in ICU? Should we continue playing soccer?”
The state is much critical at AZ Alkmaar, where 15 squad members are self-isolated. AZ achieved an admirable 1-0 win at Napoli in the Europa League last week, in spite of having only 19 players fit to travel. Among the quarantined was last season’s top scorer Myron Boadu. “first of all am worried I am worried for the health of the lads,” manager Arie Slot discussed with Fox Sports that they also have to manage the wellbeing of the training staff who are senior and then there are families of those players as well.
Increase in cases
The first wave of infections came a week earlier the season resumed on September 12, when FC Utrecht publicized, that two of their players were quarantined. Utrecht’s opening match was at home against AZ. In total, 150 positive tests have been verified among players, training staff, and other employees of the clubs. The men’s and women’s senior football competitions are the only one of a kind, allowed in the Netherlands following the existing regulations.
All clubs are observing a protocol sketched by the KNVB which necessitates players to stay in ‘bubbles’ with their other team members as much as possible and book regular tests. Fears ascend when they go home to their families or go to training courses while they wait for test results, as happened at PSV during the week.
Minister for Sports Tamara van Ark informed on Sunday after an assembly discussion that there was no reason to suspend the league. “As far as I understand it is safe to play football,” she told ‘the foremost thing, is to follow the regulations and only play safely”
European soccer matches such as; Atalanta Bergamo vs Valencia in the Champions League last season are thought to have assisted the spread of covid-19 at the flinch of the pandemic when matches were still played in full-house. Spread between players is inevitable once the virus gets into a team, Schmidt said “We are undergoing any possible thing we can and trying our best keeping all rules in order. Yet in the previous round of testing there were three new infected,” he continued “there is no doubt that the virus is irrepressible.”