COVID-19: Brazilian club given permission to play match with infected players


‎Brazilian top flight club Atletico Goianiense have obtained permission to field four players who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the Globoesporte website said on Wednesday.

‎The club said the players were in the final stages of the infection and had already complied with all quarantine measures ahead of a match with Flamengo.

The report said Brazilian authorities agreed they would no longer pose a risk to others.

Two dozen confirmed positive tests had already rocked the start of the Brazilian football season as the country battles one of the highest caseloads in the world.

‎Top flight Goias had 10 players test positive prior to a match against Sao Paulo, which was postponed.

Media reports say at least 150 top flight players have in fact tested positive.

A third division match was also postponed after 12 players tested positive.

Brazil has recorded over 100,000 deaths in connection with COVID-19. More than three million people have been infected with the virus.

Source: dpa/NAN‎


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