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Premier League to hold emergency meeting in the wake of coronavirus diagnosis



On Friday morning, the Premier League will hold an “emergency club meeting” on whether fixtures can be played in the wake of the diagnosis of coronavirus by Mikel Arteta.

The Arsenal head coach will isolate himself according to government health guidelines and the first-team squad-along with the coaching staff-is expected to do the same.

Arsenal’s match against Brighton on Saturday has been postponed.

Shortly after Arsenal’s announcement, a Premier League statement read: “In light of Arsenal’s announcement tonight confirming that their first team coach Mikel Arteta has tested positive for COVID-19, the Premier League will convene an emergency club meeting tomorrow morning regarding future fixtures.”

In the early hours of Friday morning, following the meeting’s arrangement, Chelsea announced that Callum Hudson-Odoi had tested positive for coronavirus.

The club confirmed that the squad of the first team, coaching staff and a number of staff in the backroom had gone into self-isolation.

Many sporting events across Europe have already been postponed or played behind closed doors but there will be no ban in the UK just yet as the government steps up its response to the virus.

The home match of Manchester City against Arsenal on Wednesday was the first to be postponed in England because London club players had contact with the owner of Greek side Olympiakos-Evangelos Marinakis-who contracted the virus.

The EFL also issued a statement on Thursday evening confirming that all games will be going ahead this weekend. The Scottish FA and SPFL confirmed all fixtures will also go ahead as planned.

The World Health Organization labelled the outbreak a pandemic officially, with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson chairing a special COBRA meeting on Thursday afternoon at Downing Street.

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