Arsenal game postponed as precaution against coronavirus: EPL

"Tonight's Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal has been postponed as a precautionary measure following the announcement on Tuesday that Evangelos Marinakis has contracted COVID-19", a statement from the Premier League read on Wednesday.

Italy and France have taken drastic measures to control the spread f the virus by halting Serie A and Ligue 1 respectively.

Marinakis, who is also the owner of Olympiakos, was present for Arsenal's home match against the Greek side in the Europa League at the end of last month.

Wolves, meanwhile, are incensed UEFA has decided not to postpone their shceduled Europa League tie at Olympiacosm after Marinakis - who is also Nottingham Forest's majority owner - announced on Tuesday he had contracted the virus.

Arsenal's game with Brighton on Saturday will go ahead as planned, and tonight's match will be rescheduled to a convenient time.

"All necessary measures are being taken and the Premier League now has no plans to postpone any other matches", the league said in a statement.

Arsenal said the risk to their players was "extremely low" but they would follow medical guidelines. "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".

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The Premier League says there are no plans to postpone any other matches and that "all necessary measures are being taken", while the English Football League is working with Forest to "fully ascertain the set of circumstances that existed when Mr Marinakis visited the club" before deciding what measures to take - if any.

Arsenal are now ninth in the Premier League table, eight points behind fourth-place Chelsea and five behind fifth-placed Manchester United with a game in hand.

"The medical advice we have received puts the risk of them developing Covid-19 at extremely low".

A host of worldwide sporting events have also been affected.

In addition, four Arsenal staff were sitting close to Marinakis during that match and they are also staying at home.

"All necessary measures are being taken and the Premier League now has no plans to postpone any other matches", it said in a statement.

The coronavirus crisis has already hit Italian and Spanish football and the Champions League after games being postponed or played behind closed doors.

  • Lawrence Cooper