COVID-19: Arsenal players on self-isolation, match with Man City postponed 


The Premier League game between Manchester City and Arsenal on Wednesday has been postponed “as a precautionary measure” due to the coronavirus outbreak. 

Arsenal has confirmed that several of its players are in self-isolation following the news that Olympiakos owner Evangelos Marinakis had contracted the virus. 

According to the Gunners, the 52-year-old met a number of their players when Arsenal hosted the Greek side in a Europa League match two weeks ago. 

Marinakis disclosed on Tuesday he had tested positive for the coronavirus, Covid-19. 

The Premier League said in a statement: “Following medical advice, Arsenal FC and Manchester City FC consider it is necessary to postpone their fixture due to be played this evening to give time to fully assess the situation. The Premier League has therefore agreed that tonight’s game will be rearranged.” 

Olympiakos will host Wolves in the Europa League on Thursday after UEFA rejected Wolves’ request for the last-16 first-leg match to be postponed. 

The Premier League says it has no plans to postpone any other matches and “all necessary measures are being taken”. 

Brighton has confirmed that their home match against Arsenal on Saturday is still on. 

In the UK, there have been 382 cases of the virus with six deaths. 

The disease is spreading around the world and has already affected more than 116,000 people. 

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