Hannover 96 have temporarily removed five first team players from training after they broke local coronavirus regulations after watching the club’s game against 1. FC Heidenheim on Sunday together.
The club confirmed on Thursday evening that the players had “carelessly violated the current Lower Saxony Corona Ordinance,” after being stopped by police when driving home in the same car without wearing masks.
Press reports confirm the group as Miiko Albornoz, Josip Elez, Felipe, Simon Stehle and Sebastian Soto, all of whom had not been named in the squad for the game against Heidenheim. They are believed to have watched the match at the nearby Courtyard-Hotel.
The group had previously tested negative for COVID-19 and again returned negative results on Wednesday. They will only be allowed to return to training should second tests on Saturday return as negative. It can be assumed that none will be involved against SV Darmstadt 98 on Sunday.
Two Hannover players – Timo Hübers and Jannes Horn – had previously tested positive for the virus in the early stages of the outbreak in Germany in March.