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The Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal that was billed to take place on Wednesday night at the Etihad Stadium, has now been postponed over coronavirus fears.
Reports have confirmed that a number of Arsenal players and staff members had come in contact with Nottingham Forest and Olympiacos owner Evangelos Marinakis, who on Tuesday confirmed he has contracted Covid-19.
Some unnamed Arsenal players and staff will now undergo a 14-day self-isolation period to confirm their coronavirus status, and thus the Premier League has postponed Wednesday’s fixture at the Etihad.
A Premier League statement read: “Tonight’s game between Manchester City and Arsenal has been postponed as a precautionary measure following the announcement yesterday that Evangelos Marinakis has contracted COVID-19.
“Thirteen days ago, Olympiakos played at the Emirates Stadium in the Europa League and Mr Marinakis, the Greek club’s owner, met with several Arsenal squad members and staff.
“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.
“We understand this will cause inconvenience and cost to fans planning to attend the game but Arsenal, Manchester City and the Premier League have agreed that the short notice of Mr Marinakis’ infection means there is no alternative but to take the time to complete a proper assessment of risk.
“All necessary measures are being taken and the Premier League currently has no plans to postpone any other matches.”
Meanwhile, Chelsea have confirmed that currently, their supporters will face no restrictions for Saturday’s visit to Aston Villa after it has been confirmed that fans won’t be allowed into the stadium for next week’s Champions League clash with Bayern Munich.