Arsenal players to go into isolation after coronavirus contact, Man City match postponed

Arsenal players to go into isolation after coronavirus contact, Man City match postponed

Alexandre Lacazette (C) scored the only goal as Arsenal beat West Ham 1-0
Alexandre Lacazette (C) scored the only goal as Arsenal beat West Ham 1-0 AFP/Ian KINGTON

LONDON: Manchester City's English Premier League home match against Arsenal on Wednesday (Mar 11) has been postponed because players from the London club have had contact with the owner of Greek side Olympiacos, who has contracted the coronavirus.

It is the first Premier League match to be called off due to the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Arsenal said players will be isolated for 14 days after coming into contact with the owner of Greek club Olympiacos, who has tested positive for COVID-19.

"We are strictly following the government guidelines which recommend that anyone coming into close contact with someone with the virus should self-isolate at home for 14 days from the last time they had contact," an Arsenal statement said.

"As a result, the players are unavailable for tonight's (Wednesday's) match against Manchester City and the Premier League has decided the game should be postponed."

Arsenal were knocked out of the Europa League by Olympiakos in late February. Vangelis Marinakis, owner of the Greek club and England's Nottingham Forest, announced on Tuesday that he had coronavirus.

Arsenal said the players and four staff who met Marinakis after the game at their London stadium will be remain at their homes until the quarantine period is complete.

"The medical advice we have received puts the risk of them developing Covid-19 at extremely low," the club added.

Manchester City said the postponement was a "precautionary measure" and that information about rescheduling would be available in the coming days.

Source: Agencies/rw

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