German side socially distances from opponents in 37-0 thrashing

SG Ripdorf  Molzen II fielded only seven players during its 37-0 defeat

Their rivals interpret the rules altogether differently and, with wild abandon, hit the net every two-and-a-half minutes.

German amateur side SG Ripdorf/Molzen II went down 37-0 as they maintained social distancing norms even during the match, featuring only seven player because their opponents SV Holdenstedt II came into contact in a previous game with someone who tested positive for Covid-19. For coronavirus has divided us roughly into two camps, like opposing teams on a football field. And others will assert their individuality, cling to their freedom - live and let die.

Their Lower Saxony's 3 Kreisklasse league opponents showed no mercy though, scoring nearly 40 goals at a rate of roughly a goal every two-and-a-half minutes.

They had asked for the match - in the 11th tier of German football - to be postponed but the local association refused.

The fixture was within 14-days of Holdenstedt's squad coming into contact with the infected player.

"In this pandemic, our club hasn't much money to pay this so our team said they would play, but keep distance from the opponents", Ristow told CNN via email.


Seven Ripdorf players did eventually volunteer to take part in the game, which meant it could go ahead and the club avoided a fine.

As it turned out, Holdenstedt's first team didn't even feature; the XI was instead made up of second-string players.

According to the Holdenstedt coach, however, Ripdorf exaggerated the risk of infection. The Holdenstedt first-team game was canceled, the second team game, unfortunately, was not. The match referee, clearly bewildered, duly booked Ripdorf's captain for unsporting behaviour. "For the rest of the match, our players returned to the field but they only stood on the pitch". But, as the scoreline implies, to call the contest closely-fought would be incorrect.

Holdenstedt showed no mercy and scored a goal almost every two minutes, while their opponents watched on from a safe distance.

Now that they have seen the fruits of their socially distanced labours, one wonders how they will approach their next game out.

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