The game between Arsenal and Manchester City have been postponed after Nottingham forest and Olympiacos owner Evangelos Marinakis test positive for Covid-19 two weeks after watching his Greek team at the Emirates stadium, with players from the London club who were put into quarantine, making it the first Premier League fixture to be called off because of the new Coronavirus.
Gunners said players will be isolated for 14 days after coming into contact with the owner of Greek club Olympiakos.
An Arsenal statement reads “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 (Wednesday’s) match against Manchester City and the Premier League has decided the game should be postponed.
The first postponement in the Premier League, came up after Uefa’s Champions League and Europa League were both forced to arrange matches behind closed doors.
Italian Serie A and all other sports have been put on hold in Italy, which is under national lockdown as virus cases spreads.
Matches in the top two divisions in Spanish La-Liga and French ligue I will be played behind closed doors for at least the next two weeks, officials announced.
In Asia, football has been suspended in China, South Korea and Japan, and the AFC Champions League schedule heavily disrupted due to virus spread.
Arsenal explained that the players and four staff who met Marinakis after the game at their stadium will remain at their homes until the quarantine period is complete.
“The medical advice we have received puts the risk of them developing Covid-19 at extremely low,” the club added.