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Hannover player tests positive for coronavirus

First professional soccer player to test positive for coronavirus

11 March 2020, Lower Saxony, Hanover: The logo of the Hannover 96 club can be seen at the stadium. Timo Hübers of the second division club Hannover 96 is the first professional footballer in Germany to test positive for the corona virus. He is currently in domestic quarantine and has had no contact with his teammates since his infection at an event in Hildesheim. Photo: Peter Steffen/dpa (Photo by Peter Steffen/picture alliance via Getty Images)

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German second-tier team Hannover 96 have confirmed that their defender Timo Hubers has tested positive for coronavirus.

Hubers, 23, has been in quarantine at home since he was infected on Saturday and the entire Hannover playing squad, coaching staff and other officials have been tested for coronavirus.

Gerhard Zuber, sporting director of Hannover 96, praised Hubers who self-isolated as soon as he believed he could have the virus and hasn’t had any contact with this teammates or staff.
“Timo behaved in an exemplary manner. He shows no symptoms himself. So far, when he found out that a person who had been with him at the event was tested positively, he reported directly to the doctor and temporarily went into quarantine at home.”

With leagues across Europe postponing games or playing them behind closed doors, we can expect more players and officials around the game to be tested in the coming days and weeks as the virus continues to spread.

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