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Coronavirus - Man City Vs Arsenal Clash Postponed, Arsenal To Isolate Players For 14 Days

Football Suspended Due To COVID-19
Manchester City's Premier League clash with Arsenal has been postponed as a precaution due to coronavirus suspected to be among Arsenal's club personnel after their last Europa League outing with Olympiacos.

Earlier on Tuesday, Olympiacos owner Evangelos Marinakis announced he had tested positive for COVID-19 in Greece, placing the fixture in doubt.

City were scheduled to host Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday, however, the fixture will not take place in Manchester midweek.

According to an official statement released by City, the decision is based on medical advice after it emerged that personnel from Arsenal have come into contact with the Olympiacos and Nottingham Forest owner, Evangelos Marinakis, who has been tested positive of the deadly virus COVID-19.

"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," City said in a statement.

Arsenal added that their players will self-isolate at home for 14 days, while four staff members will also remain at home until the two weeks are complete dating back to the last time they had contact 13 days ago.

Premier League outfit Wolves have already called for Thursday's Europa League last-16 first leg against Olympiacos to be postponed after Marinakis tested positive for COVID-19 in Greece, however, UEFA rejected the request.

The opening leg will take place behind closed doors in line with Greek government policy aimed at containing the spread of coronavirus.

Italy has been the hardest hit by coronavirus outside of China, with Serie A and all sporting activities suspended until April 3 following more than 10,100 cases and 600 deaths.

More than 3,000 people have died in China, while there have been six deaths and more than 380 cases in the United Kingdom.

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