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Football: Benfica report 17 COVID-19 cases, discuss postponing games

Football: Benfica report 17 COVID-19 cases, discuss postponing games

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Primeira Liga - Benfica v Tondela - Estadio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal - Jan 8, 2021 General view inside the stadium before the match. (Photo: REUTERS/Pedro Nunes)

LISBON: Portuguese soccer club Benfica reported a mass COVID-19 outbreak on Tuesday (Jan 19), announcing that 17 people from their playing squad, coaching staff and general staff had tested positive.

The Lisbon side said in a statement on its official website that it would consult the national department of health over whether it should play matches within the next two weeks in the interests of public safety and the health of its players.

Benfica, who are third in the Portuguese top flight, are due to play a league cup semi-final against Braga on Wednesday.

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Source: Reuters/kv

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