Hertha's Salomon Kalou criticized for violating coronavirus rules

SEDAN: Hertha Berlin player Salomon Kalou He is being criticized for broadcasting a live broadcast showing that social distancing measures are being circumvented.

The Ivory Coast striker took his phone with him on Monday as he greeted his teammates in greeting, applauded with his fellow striker Truth Ibisevic , complained about a pay cut, and got into a teammate who was apparently being tested for the new coronavirus .

The footage, which has since been removed, was broadcast on the same day as the German soccer league ( DFL ) reported 10 positive cases of COVID-19 among the country's 36 clubs in the two main divisions, and seemed to contradict the league's claim that everything possible was being done to prevent the spread of the virus.

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Hertha's showed Jordan Torunarigha being tested by a physiotherapist who was wearing only a simple face mask as protection. The physiotherapist, David de Mel, repeatedly asked Kalou to "delete" the video, before the player walked away laughing, saying he was "only joking."

The DFL sharply criticized the footage on Twitter.

The pictures from Salomon Kalou from the changing room of Hertha BSC are completely unacceptable. There cannot be any tolerance for it - also with regard to the players and clubs who are adhering to the guidelines, because they have grasped the seriousness of the situation, the DFL said.

Kicker magazine said the video would hurt efforts to restart the Bundesliga, as it was `` difficult for critics who want to see professional football remain on hold. ''

Chancellor Angela Merkel and 16 state governors will decide Wednesday whether the league can resume without fans present. It previously warned that there was still a danger that COVID-19 infections could increase if containment measures were relaxed too soon.

The DFL said 1,724 tests for COVID-19 were carried out over two rounds among players, coaches, physiotherapists and other staff as part of its hygiene concept in a bid to restart competitive games some time in May.

Only four possible cases had been reported prior to the league report on Monday. Cologne said on Friday it had three positive cases, while the second division team Stuttgart reported an inconclusive result from one person on Sunday.

`` Accountability for compliance with general hygiene standards is a daily prerequisite for every individual, '' the league said in its report.

Clubs in the two major divisions have pledged to end the season in late June.