Corona freezes European football


Comment in England and France

It is the first time that the continental union has announced a comprehensive freeze of its two club competitions, after the matter remained in the past days limited to steps on each match separately.

Friday expanded the scope of the complete freeze of matches.

The Premier League remained unique until Thursday among the European national championships in terms of not postponing its matches or preventing the public from attending them, except for the postponement of a match between Arsenal and Manchester City on Wednesday because of the position of my first player in isolation after their contact with the head of the Greek Olympiacos club Vangelis Marinakis, who announced that he was infected with the virus, on the sidelines of a match Precedent between the two teams.

However, the data changed completely with the confirmation of Arsenal’s Spanish coach, Miquel Artita, with the virus, before Chelsea announced the Hudson-Odoey injury, and the widening of injuries and suspicions of it to other teams, which put the players and the technical staff in isolation for at least two weeks.

“After the meeting of those concerned today, it was decided unanimously to suspend the English Premier League with the intention of returning on April 4, subject to medical advice and circumstances,” a Primer League statement said Friday.

“First of all, we hope that Michael Arteta and Calum Hudson-Odoi will recover quickly, and all the people infected,” said its chief executive, Richard Masters.

“In the face of this unprecedented situation, we work closely with clubs, the government, the Football Association, the League (EFL), and we can reassure everyone that the health of players, staff and fans is our priority.”

For its part, the League League (EFL) indicated that a meeting that brought together all concerned led to “an agreement to postpone the professional ball in England until April 3 at the earliest.”

Hudson-Odoi had become the first Premier League player to be infected with the virus, putting members of his team Chelsea in quarantine.

“As you know, I have picked up the virus in the past few days and I have recovered from it. I follow health recommendations and I have been isolating myself for everyone for a week, I hope to see you soon and return to the field at the earliest opportunity,” he assured the player in a videotape via the communication sites.

In addition to the stone in Arsenal and Chelsea, other clubs announced similar measures, especially Everton, the second pole for the city of Liverpool, which revealed the presence of symptoms on one of his players, and Manchester City, who isolated one of his players without revealing his name, but reports refer to the Frenchman Benjaman Mendy.

In France, the League decided to immediately suspend “until further notice” for the first and second classes, as I learned from AFP.

The association had previously decided to hold the matches without an audience until the fifteenth of next April. The twenty-ninth stage was scheduled to start Friday with the Lyon and Rens match, but was postponed according to the League’s decision.

So far, the German Bundesliga remains the only of the five major national leagues whose activities have not been suspended, although the games of the twenty-sixth stage scheduled to start on Friday night will be held without an audience.

But the German Confederation announced on Friday that it would propose on Monday that the first and second division tournaments be completely suspended until at least April 2.


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