10 Aug Brazilian league recreation suspended moments earlier than kickoff resulting from coronavirus
One of many opening matches of the 2020 Brazilian league was known as off simply moments earlier than kickoff on Sunday when 10 Goias gamers examined constructive for the coronavirus.
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“The sport has been delayed,” Goias president Marcelo Almeida informed reporters. “Good sense has prevailed.
“What we all know is that it was going to be a really tough, very disagreeable scenario in public well being phrases. It was in nobody’s curiosity that this recreation happen.”
Gamers from opponents Sao Paulo, who had travelled 900 km to town of Goiana, had been already on the pitch warming up when the choice was introduced.
Sao Paulo stated they supported the choice.
Goias stated a lab authorised by the Brazilian Football Confederation examined the gamers on Friday because the outcomes from a take a look at carried out 24 earlier had been invalid.
The membership stated 10 folks, together with eight first team gamers, returned constructive assessments when the outcomes got here again on Sunday.
The last-minute suspension was one other setback through the league’s opening weekend. Three of the opening 10 video games needed to be postponed due to a fixture congestion attributable to the top of the state leagues.
Brazil’s season is cut up into two, with the state leagues happening earlier than the nationwide championship.
The primary three video games within the Serie A kicked off on Saturday and one other three will now be performed on Sunday.
Earlier within the day, one of many opening third division video games additionally needed to be cancelled after 12 Imperatriz gamers examined constructive for the coronavirus forward of their fixture in opposition to Treze.