Brighton have confirmed that Saturday’s game with Arsenal remains scheduled to go ahead at the AMEX as planned, in line with government advice, and following consultation with the Premier League and medical advisors.
In the early hours of this morning, it was confirmed that tonight’s match with Manchester City had been postponed and that Mikel Arteta’s squad have been placed in self-isolation.
The decision was taken after Olympiacos owner Evangelos Marinakis, with whom several of the players came into contact at the Emirates on 27 February, had recently contracted coronavirus / Covid-19.
As a result, the players will remain in their homes until the 14-day period expires. All being well, they will return to training on Friday.
A statement from Brighton reads: “The risk is considered extremely low and Saturday’s match remains scheduled to go ahead with the self-isolation period for those players ending tomorrow, as we continue to follow government and medical advice with regard to the coronavirus.”
While not playing City, a game that had been hastily rearranged, means a rest for weary legs, it’s definitely not ideal prep for Saturday. Of course, with the safety of players and staff paramount, it’s the right thing to do.
You get the feeling this could be the tip of the iceberg when it comes to fixture chaos on the domestic front in the UK. Leagues and competitions across Europe are already being played behind closed doors and Serie A has been postponed while Italy remains in lockdown.