Premier League's fixture uncertain amid COVID-19As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is reaching sports, the English Premier League’s fixtures are uncertain. Especially, since the current manager of Arsenal F.C, Mikel Arteta, and one of the Chelsea players, Callum Hudson-Odoi, were tested positive for COVID-19.
On Friday morning local time, the organizers of the Premier League held a meeting to discuss the fixtures further. While the fixtures were supposed to be held on the upcoming weekends, the cases triggered an emergency meeting. A further announcement would be made after the meeting.
On Saturday, the match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Arsenal will be postponed. The impact of COVID-19 on Arsenal had been felt since Wednesday since they had to cancel the match between Manchester City and Arsenal. The Gunners will have to do more tests since they engaged in contact with Mikel Arteta as their coach.
Meanwhile, since Callum was tested positive, all Chelsea players and their manager, Frank Lampard, will be quarantined. Therefore, their upcoming match against Aston Villa will have to wait.
On Thursday, the British government discussed the idea to hold the fixture without any spectator to prevent the COVID-19 from spreading further. However, there is no official announcement from the Premier League. There is speculation that the fixtures might change and even the cancelation until the end of 2019/2020 season.
Currently, the number of confirmed cases in the United Kingdom had exceeded 500 cases. At least 10 lives were taken and 18 people had recovered from COVID-19.