Last Updated: June 20th 2020, 8:30 pm

Manchester City vs Arsenal postponed due to coronavirus fears

Manchester City's Premier League home match against Arsenal on March 11 was postponed due to coronavirus fears, because some of Arsenal player had contact with the infected owner of Olympiakos.


Evangelos Marinakis, who owns Olympiakos and Nottingham Forest, met with some of the players of Arsenal when they played against the Greek team in Europa League round-of-32 in London on February 27.


The owner of Olympiakos made a statement on Tuesday that he had been infected with coronavirus.



From the City's board made an announcement that the fixture against Arsenal will be postponed.


"Manchester City's PL fixture at home to Arsenal has been postponed," said the City's statement.


"The decision to postpone the game has been taken as a precautionary measure, after it emerged that personnel from Arsenal FC had contact with the Olympiakos owner, Evangelos Marinakis, who has been named as a positive case of COVID-19."


Arsenal, on the other side, said that the risk of infected players is low, but they will follow the government guidelines which recommend that anyone who had close contact with the infected should isolаtе themselves for 14 days.


"The players will remain at their homes for the 14-day period. The four Arsenal staff, who were sitting close to Mr. Marinakis during the game will also remain at their homes until the 14 days are complete," said the Arsenal's statement.


In a result of this Arsenal players won't be available for the game on Wednesday and the fixture will be rescheduled when a new date is found.


However, the Olympiakos staff were tested for coronavirus and the results are all negative.


The Greek side will face Wolves in the Europa League on March 12 in Athens behind closed doors in prevention of coronavirus.



From the Premier League said that they had no other option, but to postpone the game further in time, but they said that the other fixtures are not in danger to be postponed.


Brighton, the next opponent to Arsenal, said that they expect that the fixture will be rescheduled.