Wednesday’s Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester City has been officially postponed after a number of players made “close contact” with Olympiakos owner Evangelos Marinakis around two weeks ago, according to ESPN.
Marinakis officially announced on Instagram earlier this week that he had tested positive for the coronavirus, 13 days after he was present at the Emriates as his side eliminated Arsenal from the Europa League.
According to an official statement from the club on Tuesday night, while the players’ risk of contracting the coronavirus was “extremely low” but the Premier League decided the game should be postponed as a precautionary measure.
“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,” Arsenal said, via an official statement. “As a result of this exercise we identified that a number of 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.”