Mancity vs Arsenal match postponed: The English Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal scheduled for Wednesday 11, 2020, has been postponed over the fear of contracting the coronavirus.
The EPL board came up with the decision to postpone the game after some players and staff of the Arsenal football club had contact with the Olympiacos and Nottingham forest owner, Evangelos Marinakis, who was diagnosed and tested positive to the coronavirus.
“Thirteen days ago, Olympiacos visited Arsenal at Emirates Stadium in the UEFA Europa, which Mr. Evangelos Marinakis watched Olympiacos defeated Arsenal and met multiple players and officials.
The decision to suspend the game is to enable them (EPL) to properly access the situation and decide when to reshedule the match.
“We understand this will cause inconvenience and cost to fans planning to attend the game but Arsenal, Manchester City, and the Premier League have agreed that the short notice of Mr. Marinakis’ infection means there is no alternative but to take the time to complete a proper assessment of risk.
“All necessary measures are being taken and the Premier League currently has no plans to postpone any other matches.”
On the other hand, Arsenal released a statement saying that select players and staff now need to self-isolate.
“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 several 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. An official Statement from Arsenal FC.