La sfida tra Citizens e Gunners, prevista per oggi, è stata posticipata causa emergenza COVID-19
Il match di Premier League dell’Etihad Stadium tra Manchester City e Arsenal, inizialmente prevista per la serata odierna con inizio ore 21.00, è stata ufficialmente rinviata a data da destinarsi a causa dell’emergenza Coronavirus. Di fatti lo stesso Arsenal – si legge in una nota – ha deciso di cautelarsi in quanto molti giocatori del club sono venuti a contatto 13 giorni fa nel post match di Europa League con l’Olympiakos col presidente Evangelos Marinakis che – notizia di ieri – è risultato positivo al COVID-19. La conseguenza è che la società londinese ha deciso di cautelarsi, chiedendo quindi il rinvio della sfida coi Citizens, richiesta poi accolta dalla Federazione. Vi proponiamo qui di seguito il comunicato integrale dell’Arsenal (fonte: www.arsenal.com):
Following yesterday’s news that Olympiacos owner Evangelos Marinakis has recently contracted Covid-19, we have been taking medical advice and tracing any individuals who had what the guidelines define as close contact with him at the game 13 days ago.
As a result of this exercise we identified that a number of players met the Olympiacos owner immediately following the game.
The medical advice we have received puts the risk of them developing Covid-19 at extremely low. However, 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.
As a result, the players are unavailable for tonight’s match against Manchester City and the Premier League has decided the game should be postponed.
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.
Everyone at Arsenal Football Club wishes Mr Marinakis a swift recovery and we look forward to the players and staff returning to work on Friday in preparation for our match at Brighton.