MOSCOW, June 8. /TASS/. Russian football club Lokomotiv Moscow has cancelled a contract with German footballer Benedikt Howedes, the club’s press office announced on Monday, adding that the contract was terminated upon mutual agreement of both parties.
The 32-year-old German footballer joined Lokomotiv Moscow FC for the 2018/2019 RPL season and his contract with the club was in force until the summer of 2021. The club’s press service added that Howedes made a decision to part with Lokomotiv Moscow FC citing family reasons.
German daily Bild reported earlier that Howedes was concerned about the situation with the spread of the novel coronavirus in Russia.
Playing for the German national football team Howedes became the winner of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. He also clinched two bronze medals of the UEFA Euro Cup with his national team.
After 22 rounds of the 2019/2020 season of the Russian Championship, Zenit St. Petersburg FC ranks first in the national tournament’s standings with 50 points, while Krasnodar FC is third with 41 points following Lokomotiv Moscow FC, which currently has 41 points as well.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko announced on June 2 that football matches of the 2019/2020 season of the Russian Premier League (RPL), which were earlier put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, would be resumed on June 19.
In late December 2019, Chinese officials notified the World Health Organization (WHO) about the outbreak of a previously unknown pneumonia in the city of Wuhan, in central China. Since then, cases of the novel coronavirus — named COVID-19 by the WHO — have been reported in every corner of the globe, including Russia.
On March 11, 2020, the WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. According to the latest statistics, over 7,100,000 people have been infected worldwide and more than 406,300 deaths have been reported. In addition, so far, over 3,466,500 individuals have recovered from the illness across the globe.
To date, a total of 476,658 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Russia, with 230,688 patients having recovered from the disease. Russia’s latest data indicates 5,971 fatalities nationwide. Earlier, the Russian government set up an Internet hotline to keep the public updated on the coronavirus situation.