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Man City v. Arsenal postponed; affected players homebound


Evangelos Marinakis celebrate during Europa League Round of 32 2nd Leg between Arsenal and Olympiakos at Emirates stadium , London, England on 27 February 2020. (Photo by MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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Coronavirus fears have caused the postponement of another fixture, and the sequestering of several Arsenal players.

This time it’s the Mikel Arteta-Pep Guardiola reunion at the Etihad Stadium that will have to wait for another date.

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Manchester City and Arsenal announced the postponement of Wednesday’s 4 p.m. ET kickoff.

Several Gunners players made contact with Olympiacos and Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis, who has contacted COVID-19, when the sides met in the Europa League.


We identified that a number of players met the Olympiacos owner immediately following the game.

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

The players will remain at their homes until the 14-day period expires. Four Arsenal staff, who were sitting close to Mr Marinakis during the match will also remain at home until the 14 days are complete.

The incident was 13 days ago, so players will be free to rejoin their teammates on Thursday.


The match had already been rescheduled due to the FA Cup, and there are very few openings left on the calendar for a second reschedule date.


Manchester City FC wishes Mr Marinakis a speedy recovery, and further information will follow in the coming days about rescheduled dates, but supporters are advised not to travel to Etihad Stadium for this fixture.

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