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Frankfurt - Hoffenheim

Germany: Bundesliga
Frankfurt D. Kamada (54), B. Dost (71)
Commerzbank-ArenaFull time2-1Attendance: 8.000
Hoffenheim A. Kramarić (18)
LineupFixtures

Frankfurt-Hoffenheim to proceed with fans despite infection cluster

By Peter Vice

A COVID cluster in the city of Frankfurt led to a large overnight surge in the seven-day-infection-average. As of yesterday, the city had running total of 25.6. That number unexpectedly increased to 41.96 on Friday.

Despite the surprising news, the club announced that plans to allow in some 8,000 fans who have purchased a ticket for Saturday's fixture will proceed. The development sets a precedent that, at least in one case, informational nuance can override the RKI Stabilizer.

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SGE officials described the overnight escalation of the city's COVID infection rates as a "locally containable situation." The increased numbers are believed to have resulted from an outbreak in a temporary shelter zone.


The city's health department reportedly contact traced a contagion event in a close-quarters camp populated by refugees, Eastern European citizens, and the homeless. The flare up affected 114 unfortunate individuals sharing close quarters in the camp.

Such a tracing effort constitutes, in the words of the city, a "locally traceable and containable event". In announcing the discovery, deputy head of the Frankfurt Health Department Antoni Walczok explained that the trace would not affect the Frankfurt-Hoffenheim match.

"We see no intersection between the local incident and the guests of the fixture," Walczok said, "A reduction in the number of spectators is not necessary to prevent infection."




Frankfurt
(3-4-1-2)
1K. Trapp
19D. Abraham (C) ↪63
20M. Hasebe
13M. Hinteregger
18A. Touré
17S. Rode
3S. Ilsanker
11S. Zuber ↪87
15D. Kamada ↪87
9B. Dost ↪80
33A. Silva
Bench
23M. Schubert
21R. Ache ↩80
6S. Falette
24D. da Costa
35L. Melo ↩63
8D. Sow
22T. Chandler ↩87
27A. Barkok ↩87
28D. Kohr
Hoffenheim
(3-1-4-2)
1O. Baumann (C)
38S. Posch
22K. Vogt
25K. Akpoguma
11F. Grillitsch
3P. Kadeřábek
14C. Baumgartner ↪77
8D. Geiger ↪72
29R. Skov ↪72
10M. Dabour
27A. Kramarić
Bench
12P. Pentke
7J. Bruun Larsen
9I. Bebou ↩72
19I. Belfodil ↩77
33Klauss
2J. Brenet
15K. Nuhu
32M. Bogarde
20M. Gaćinović ↩72

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