After initially deciding that the weekend’s Premier League games were set to go ahead as planned, former Manchester City assistant and current Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta’s positive test for COVID-19 has complicated the situation.
Manchester City’s match against Burnley this weekend is now under threat after an initial announcement from the Premier League that the game would go ahead as planned.
Former Man City assistant and current Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta, whose match against City was postponed due to the squad’s contact with Olympiacos and Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis, was tested positive for COVID-19.
The Gunners’ match against Brighton has been postponed, and the Premier League will make an updated decision following an emergency meeting of the clubs on Friday morning. With Ligue 1, La Liga, and Serie A postponing their league matches, the Premier League in my opinion will follow suit, and a massive UEFA meeting could make a final determination on the Champions League and Europa League.
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Leicester City’s squad have shown symptoms, while Manchester City’s Benjamin Mendy is in a self-quarantine process after a relative was tested positive for Coronavirus.
The Manchester City squad has been in training, but given the rapidly-evolving situation, including the postponement of their Champions League fixture against Real Madrid, anything is fair game at this point.
Whatever happens, football is in a state of flux, and the postponement or cancellation of the league season would cause serious ramifications at either end of the table. However, public safety is and absolutely should remain the top priority in all decisions that will be made moving forward.
For more information about COVID-19, visit the CDC’s website or the website for your state’s Department of Health.