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SC Verl positives lead to second Bundesliga Three cancelation of weekend

By Peter Vice   @ViceytheSS

Third-division side SC Verl announced an additional positive COVID test in their ranks on Saturday morning. As a result, the fixture against FSV Zwickau has been postponed.

Another postponement (Hallescher FC vs. SpVgg Unterhaching) pushes the total number of third-division suspended matches to two for the weekend and five overall through eight rounds.
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In accordance with paragraph 14 of the DFB's implementation rules regulating match execution, recently promoted side SC Verl announced that recent consultation with local health authorities led them to the decision to suspend their round eight home match against visiting FSV Zwickau.

For the visiting team, this serves as the second match postponement in a row. Four positive tests--later revealed to be "false positives"--forced a postponement of their seventh round fixture against Türkgücü München last Friday evening. Traveling SpVgg Unterhaching went into a quarantine on Friday evening when it was revealed that one of the players that they brought with them to Halle tested positive for the novel virus.

Two other third-league clubs, 1. FC Kaiserslautern and 1860 München, also spent some time in quarantine this week following positive tests in their squads. In both of those instances, however, enough negatives in the second rounds of testing enabled the teams to exit isolation and their weekend fixtures to go forward.

The complete picture 2020/21 of COVID-related match postponements across Germany's three professional football tiers thus stands as such:

Bundesliga Three: (Five postponements)

MSV Duisburg vs. FC Saarbrücken (round four)
MSV Duisburg vs. Hallescher FC (round five)
Türkgücü München vs. FSV Zwickau (round seven)
SC Verl vs. FSV Zwickau (round eight)
SpVgg Unterhaching vs. Hallescher FC (round eight)

Bundesliga Two: (Two postponements)

Hamburger SV vs. Erzgebirge Aue (round three)
VfL Osnabrück vs. SV Darmstadt 98 (round four)

Bundesliga: (No postponements thus far)

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