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COVID-19: Champions League qualifier cancelled

Champions League, Premier League suspended amid coronavirus fears

BRATISLAVA: Slovan Bratislava’s Champions League qualification tie against the Faroe Islands side KI Klaksvik has canceled after a player from the Slovakian club tested positive for coronavirus on Saturday.

According to European soccer’s governing body UEFA, the match was postponed for the second time after a member of Bratislava’s delegation had returned a positive test.

Bratislava was required to provide a list of additional players who had tested negative and were eligible to play.

However, a player from the second group returned two positive test results in consecutive days, forcing the whole group to be placed into quarantine, UEFA confirmed in a statement.

Earlier this month, Kosovan side KF Drita’s Champions League preliminary round tie against Northern Irish club Linfield was canceled after two players tested positive.

FC Prishtina, also from Kosovo, opted to sign players on loan from rival teams for one match to contest a Europa League qualifier away to Lincoln Red Imps of Gibraltar after eight of their players had returned positive tests.

Polish club Legia Warsaw, who faces Cypriot side Omonia next Wednesday in the second qualifying round, also reported a second person testing positive for COVID-19.

The club said the player had been in isolation since Aug 18 and had tested negative for the virus on Aug. 19.

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