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DFB international game against Italy in Nuremberg banned because of Corona

NThe corona virus crisis has also had a serious impact on the plans of national coach Joachim Löw. The EM test of the national football team in Nuremberg against Italy on March 31 has been canceled. As the DFB announced on Friday evening, the Franconian metropolis prohibited events with more than 100 people because of the pandemic, which made it necessary for the German Football Association to cancel the game.

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“Since the two teams, the supervisors and the media representatives must count on more than 100 people, a cancellation of the game is essential,” said a statement from the association. Because of the pandemic, the game was supposed to take place without fans anyway. The DFB announced that it would reimburse ticket prices. The first test international match scheduled for March 26 in Madrid this year of the Löw selection against Spain is still very questionable. On Tuesday, the 55 Uefa member countries will also discuss further steps in the coronavirus crisis. A shift in the EM from this summer to 2021 is now considered likely.

Even before the cancellation, DFB President Fritz Keller had emphasized that he no longer expected the classic to be played against the four-time world champion. “Currently, our upcoming international matches are to take place in front of empty ranks. I cannot imagine this scenario, of all things against big football nations like Spain and Italy. I assume that the games cannot take place on the basis of today’s facts, ”Keller was quoted on the association’s homepage.

Most recently, an international match of the DFB selection was canceled on November 17, 2015. The game against the Netherlands could not take place shortly four days after the Paris attacks because of a terror warning in Hanover. A test against Chile had been canceled in 2009 a few days after goalkeeper Robert Enke’s suicide and a game against England in April 1994 because of feared radical right-wing fan riots.

Shortly before the Italy game was canceled, the international association Fifa recommended that all international matches be postponed in March and April. The world association lifted the otherwise valid obligation to park for professionals. “Fifa is aware that playing games in the current situation poses a health risk to players (and the general public) and is also very likely to affect the sporting integrity of these games because certain teams, unlike others, do not play with theirs best players can compete, ”it said in a message.


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