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Professionals, 14. März 2020

“Make smart decisions in the interests of the community”

Pellegrino Matarazzo’s squad came together on Saturday, but there will be no team training this coming week.

On Friday afternoon, the DFL (German Football League) announced that Matchday 26 in the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 had been postponed due to the latest developments in the coronavirus outbreak. This means that VfB’s away match at SV Wehen Wiesbaden will not take place as scheduled on Sunday. “I welcome the DFL’s decision because people’s health must come before sporting and economic interests,” said VfB CEO Thomas Hitzlsperger.

Pellegrino Matarazzo’s squad reconvened at the VfB club campus on Saturday, but there will be no team training sessions this coming week. Instead, the players have been given individual training plans. “The team will now have a break of at least one week. We have to wait and see how events unfold. I think football must do exactly what the general population must do: go home and avoid large gatherings,” explained Hitzlsperger, who is attending a DFL meeting with representatives of clubs from the top two divisions on Monday.

“It’s a very important meeting where we have to come to a joint decision about what is best and how we proceed. It’s about making smart decisions in the interests of the community. The day will certainly provide new insights,” added the VfB CEO.