COVID-19 causing major disruption
The footballing world has been brought virtually to a standstill by the outbreak of COVID-19, more commonly referred to as the coronavirus.
Major international tournaments such as the Euros and Copa America have both been pushed back until the summer of 2021.
And the majority of domestic leagues around the world are currently on hold.
The Premier League is postponed until at least April 30th, with West Ham’s vice-chairman Karren Brady having stated that all PL clubs have agreed that games will run into July if required:
“When we – all Prem clubs – last spoke, we agreed to get going again as soon as possible.
“And that games will run into July, if required, to get this campaign finished. This is the plan. This is what we want to deliver.
“It may be games have to be played behind closed doors, which no one wants – especially the players and fans.
“But we hope it might just be possible to go ahead once the sharp graph of it bottoms out.” As quoted by the Evening Standard.
West Ham players showing symptoms
In terms of PL players who have contracted the virus, there has been just one official diagnosis, with Chelsea reporting that Callum Hudson-Odoi had tested positive.
Thankfully, it has since been reported that CHO has fully recovered from COVID-19.
But now, as per the Evening Standard, West Ham have eight players in self-isolation showing mild symptoms of coronavirus.
Karren Brady would claim, though, that the players and their families seem to be well:
“I am relieved to say they are all showing mild symptoms and, along with their families, seem to be well.
“But it is no more than a handshake, sneeze or cough away from any of us, so no one should be complacent.” As quoted by the Evening Standard.
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