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Arsenal place players into self-isolation and postpone game with Man City due to coronavirus - MW


The Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal at Etihad Stadium on Wednesday has been postponed as a precaution due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Premier League announced. Following the announcement of the owner of Olympiakos, Evangelos Marinakis, infected with the virus, Arsenal confirmed that an unknown number of unknown players had met Marinakis after the draw for the Europa League on February 27 and that these players are currently isolated.

Premier League said in a statement: According to medical advice, Arsenal FC and Manchester City FC have said it is necessary to postpone their match to be played tonight to allow time to fully assess the situation . Therefore, the Premier League has agreed that tonight's game will be rescheduled.

Marinakis was seen on UAE field after winning the Olympiakos Europa Europa League, applauding the fans outside after the full-time whistle ended. Arsenal issued a statement Wednesday morning with more details on who was in direct contact with Marinakis that night.

We have determined that certain players who met with the owner of Olympiacos shortly after the match read the statement. The medical advice we have received has made the risk of developing Covid-19 extremely low. However, we strictly adhere to government guidelines which recommend that anyone in close contact with an infected person isolate themselves in their home for 14 days from the last exposure.

Therefore, the players who were not present tonight against Manchester City and the Premier League decided that the match would be postponed. Players will remain at home until the 14 day period has expired. Four Arsenal employees, seated near Mr. Marinakis during the match, will also remain at home until the end of the 14 days.


Statement to be continued: Overcome We fully understand how disappointing this is for our supporters, especially those who came to Manchester for the match tonight. The ticket will be valid for the match when it is postponed.

As an additional precaution, although we do not believe that there is close contact with other customers or Arsenal staff in the manager's restaurant, we contact them to advise them. Follow the relevant advice if you have such contacts. Everyone at Arsenal Football Club wants Mr. Marinakis to recover quickly and we look forward to it [the remaining players and staff return to work on Friday to prepare for our game in Brighton.

The threat of the coronavirus leads to an increase in measures taken in the United Kingdom and on the continent. The match against Chelsea Munich Champions League with Bayern Munich will take place behind closed doors, as well as many relationships in the Europa League including the Wolves, Manchester United and the Rangers. Wolves have now condemned Uefa for not postponing the Europa League match against Olympiakos on Thursday after news of Marinakis' status was made public.

The French government has declared that the next Ligue 1 matches will be played behind closed doors. In Spain, a similar decision led the players of the League to request the suspension of the matches. Germany FA has decided to cancel an international friendly match with Italy. In Italy, where the match has been suspended, officials have been asked to find ways to end the Serie A season - including deciding on a title in a match.

Meanwhile, in England, an overcrowded Anfield field will host a Champions League match against Atl├ętico Madrid on Wednesday evening and this weekend's Premier League matches will be played without any changes. The approach to English football, guided by government advice and described by some in the game as being calm and continuing to act, is increasingly lost compared to other countries. There are more and more concerns about the viability of future games and therefore the whole season.

MW

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