Manchester City full-back Benjamin Mendy has been tested for COVID-19 and has been self-isolating after a relative was showing symptoms of the virus at his home.
Benjamin Mendy is in self-quarantine and has had a test for COVID-19 as a precaution after one of his relatives was showing symptoms of the highly-contagious Coronavirus at his home in Cheshire.
The Premier League had initially planned to go against the current trend of cancellation and play its games in front of full stadiums this weekend, but that decision has been complicated with former City assistant and current Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta’s positive test for COVID-19. The league’s clubs will hold a meeting Friday morning to determine the status of matches for the weekend and moving forward, although the UK government has not banned sporting events or large gatherings altogether at this point.
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If Mendy’s test results come back positive, City will in all likelihood quarantine the squad, much like Real Madrid have done after a basketball player tested positive and Arsenal after their contact with Olympiacos owner Evangelos Marinakis.
The outcome of what’s been one of the most turbulent Premier League campaigns of recent memory is now in serious doubt, and the league will likely turn to cancellations or postponement in the near future to combat the spread of the virus.
With COVID-19 breaching the ranks of managers as well as players, there is an inherent safety risk and public health will remain at the forefront of any discussion. While this issue does have a massive effect on the world of sport, these ramifications are secondary to the containment and prevention of Coronavirus.
For more information about COVID-19, visit the CDC’s website or the website for your state’s Department of Health.