Sebastian Kehl on Borussia Dortmund’s postponed game: “We had told the DFL that this date was very inconvenient for us.”

After confirmation of Borussia Dortmund’s Bundesliga fixture against Mainz on Sunday being postponed, Sebastian Kehl, head of BVB’s licensed player department commented on the matter.

“It is a pity, of course, that the game cannot take place as planned. We were looking forward to the match with our friends in Mainz in front of a full house,” said Kehl.

“Ultimately, however, fair competition must be guaranteed, based on the rules that we have set ourselves as a league. This fair competition would not have been guaranteed in this case, and therefore the postponement of the game is understandable and correct. Of course, health always takes priority. We hope that everyone affected in Mainz has as mild an infection as possible and an early recovery.

“Our focus is now on our home game against Arminia Bielefeld on March 13. The match in Mainz will now be played on March 16. We had told the DFL that this date was very inconvenient for us because of the home match of our U19s against Atletico Madrid, but we were told that no other date would be considered.”

BVB’s UEFA Youth League game against Atletico Madrid was moved to the Westfalenstadion due to interest from home fans, who will now have to choose between that game or travelling to Mainz for the re-arranged Bundesliga fixture.

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