The Premier League has just become the next sporting victim of the Coronavirus as the game between Arsenal and Manchester City has been postponed.
This is just a precautionary measure after Olympiacos boss Evangelos Marinakis tested positive for the virus. He came into contact with several Arsenal players when he went to watch the Gunners Europa League match against Olympiakos.
Although he confirmed that he tested positive for the virus, the Olympiakos boss states that he only contracted the virus after attending the game.
The players that came into contact with the Olympiacos boss after the game have been placed under self-quarantine but will be able to resume practise as of Friday making it two weeks since they last came into contact with Evangelos Marinakis.
The official statement released from the Arsenal camp read:
“The players will remain at their homes until the 14-day period expires. Four Arsenal staff, who were sitting close to Mr Marinakis during the match will also remain at home until the 14 days are complete.”
“We fully understand how disappointing this is for our supporters, in particular those who were travelling to Manchester for tonight’s match. Tickets will be valid for the match when it’s rearranged.”
“As a further precautionary measure, whilst we do not believe there was any close contact with any other Arsenal guests or staff in the directors box restaurant, we are contacting them to advise they should follow the relevant advice if there has been any such contact.”
The Arsenal vs Manchester City match is the first game in premier League that has had to be postponed due to the Coronavirus which has already affected both the Ligue 1 in France and the Serie A.