By Muambo Edward
Football Writer, kick442.com – Cameroon
The German Bundesliga is poised to restart this weekend after being suspended since March as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak.
Hoffenheim will receive Hertha Berlin. Their coach Alfred Shreuder was asked about his Ivorian forward Salomon Kalou who was recently involved in an incident that saw him violate the Coronavirus prevention guidelines put in place by the German Government.
Shreuder protected his striker, preferring to focus on the game on Saturday.
“I can tell you that Salomon Kalou is an extremely nice guy and someone with a good heart,” Shreuder said.
“He has always been a top class player. He has already acknowledged himself that what he did was not good.
“He also knows that he will not do something like that again. The video definitely shocked all of us. He is not someone who ordinarily does things like that.
“As the coach of Hoffenheim I can’t say more than that on the subject. He must have had his reasons, but no one can understand that.”
Kalou posted a video on Facebook, of himself filmed with teammates violating distancing guidelines outlined to help to curb the spread of the Coronavirus.
Kalou was filmed shaking hands and interrupting a medical checkup of another teammate of his.
Though he later deleted the video, Hertha Berlin and the German Football League reacted angrily and the player was suspended with immediate effect by his club.
Kalou also issued an apology and emphasized that he is taking the Coronavirus seriously.
On Monday, the German Football League [DFL] announced that 10 members from 36 clubs from the Bundesliga and German second tier had tested positive of the dreaded virus.
According to DFL, 1,724 Coronavirus tests have been conducted over two rounds among players and staff with the league scheduled to resume this weekend.
Players have been advised to take proper care of themselves.
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