The Premier League game between Manchester City and Arsenal, scheduled to be played on Wednesday night, has been postponed after the Arsenal players went into voluntary self-isolation due to possible exposure to the coronavirus.
Arsenal explained they have taken the measure after several players met Olympiakos owner Evangelos Marinakis on the pitch of the Emirates Stadium after the Europa League tie between both teams in February. It has now been confirmed that Marinakis has contracted the virus, with the Premier League commenting that “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.” Arsenal say the risk of the players contracting Covid-19 is 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.”This news comes out a day after the Spanish government decided that all matches in Spain should be played behind closed doors in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.