English premier Leagues has suffered a big blow as more players and officials test positive with the Coronavirus.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea’s Odoi have tested positive for the coronavirus, the Premier clubs have announced . The first-team squad set to self-isolate as a result.
This has forced the management to close the club’s training centre Hale End.
“Arsenal personnel who had recent close contact with Mikel will now self-isolate in line with Government health guidelines. We expect this to be a significant number of people from Colney, including the full first-team squad and coaching staff,” Arsenal said in a statement.
The 19 year old Chelsea forward Callum Hudson-Odoi has also tested positive for the coronavirus and all first-team players and coaching staff will now self-isolate. The Standard has reported.
This new emerging cases have forced the Premier League to announce an emergency meeting on Friday. The Saturday matches are now in a limbo with calls to postpone them mounting.
“In the meantime, the men’s team building, one of several separate buildings at our training ground, will remain closed. The rest of our training facility, Stamford Bridge and other facilities are operating as normal,” Chelsea club stated.
Many football leagues have been postponed with clubs suffering big losses in revenue collection. More players have been reported to test positive and the interactions amongst them would worsen the situation more.
Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers, who has three players in self-isolation after showing symptoms of the virus, has called for the season to be stopped.
The American NBA has also been hit hard with players from various clubs testing positive for the Coronavirus.
This comes as even more countries report surging cases of Coronavirus infections. Italy has recorded over 1,000 deaths with more people in self-quarantine after testing positive for the Coronavirus.