Besiktas confirm 8 new positive Covid-19 cases
One of the biggest clubs in Turkey, Besiktas, appears to be facing a significant Covid-19 problem.
On Thursday, Besiktas have confirmed 8 new positive coronavirus cases within their squad.
Besiktas tested their entire squad – players, staff and coaches – on Wednesday.
It’s unclear whether the infected people include any of the first team players.
Başkanımız Ahmet Nur Çebi’nin Sağlık Durumu Hakkında Bilgilendirme
— Beşiktaş JK (@Besiktas) May 14, 2020
Besiktas recorded their 1st Covid-19 case on Saturday
This is the second time in less than a week that Besiktas have reported positive Covid-19 cases.
Last Saturday, Besiktas confirmed that one player and one staff member had turned up positive for the coronavirus.
These new tests are also a major blow to morale after Besiktas resumed training in modified groups on Tuesday.
What happened to the Besiktas disinfection cabin?
A few days ago, pictures were flying around the internet hailing the brand new Besiktas disinfection cabin.
Besiktas were so proud of the machine, they issued the following statement:
Our staff, football players and facility personnel started to use the automatic disinfection cabin at the entrance to the facility to get protected from COVID-19.
So what happened to the protection part?
Besiktas’ ‘disinfectant cabin’ looks like something from Star Trek and I’m a huge fan of it pic.twitter.com/UsDYtmsRQk
— Aaron Barton (@AaronBartonUK) May 10, 2020
Can the Super Lig really restart on June 12?
A week ago, the Turkish FA announced their plans to restart the Super Lig on June 12.
The league was suspended on March 18 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Interestingly, the Turkish Super Lig was one of the last European leagues to shut down.
However, can football really return to Turkey so quickly?
In the past few days, positive Covid-19 cases have popped up in several football squads.
On May 8, Fenerbahce confirmed that one of their staff members had tested positive for the virus.
Meanwhile, just a few days ago, a player from Turkish Super Lig club MKE Ankaragucu also tested positive for Covid-19.
And if that wasn’t enough, second division club Erzurumspor confirmed on Wednesday 11 new positive Covid-19 cases, which included four players.
Note: 2019-20 Champions League final is set to be in Turkey
One has to wonder what UEFA make of all the positive Covid-19 cases.
Currently, the 2019-20 Champions League final is scheduled to be played in the Atatürk Olympic Stadium, Turkey.
This article was edited by Ben Green.