Hertha Berlin’s next three games postponed over COVID-19 outbreak

Hertha Berlin's home field, the Berlin Olympic stadium. (Roberto Pfeil/AP)

BERLIN — Hertha Berlin’s next three Bundesliga games have been postponed after the entire team was ordered into quarantine because of a coronavirus outbreak.

The German Football League said Friday that it’ll soon announce new dates for the games against Mainz on Sunday, Freiburg on April 21 and Schalke on April 24.

That will mean a frantic schedule of games next month for Hertha, which is 15th in the 18-team league and trying to avoid relegation. Six rounds of games remain to be played. Fitness will be a concern with the players training on their own during the quarantine period.

“These will be six challenging games and this is an extreme situation which none of us has experienced before,” said Hertha sporting director Arne Friedrich.

Berlin health officials ordered the whole team into a 14-day quarantine at home on Thursday after head coach Pal Dardai, one of his assistants and two players tested positive for the coronavirus. Goalkeeper Rune Jarstein also tested positive earlier this month.

The players and staff who tested positive “are doing well considering the circumstances,” CEO Carsten Schmidt said. He added that the club was sending exercise bikes and treadmills to the players’ homes so they could follow club training plans.

When submitting content, please abide by our submission guidelines, and avoid posting profanity, personal attacks or harassment. Should you violate our submissions guidelines, we reserve the right to remove your comments and block your account. Sportsnet reserves the right to close a story’s comment section at any time.