Brighton expect Premier League clash against Arsenal to hold

Brighton and Hove Albion expect their Premier League clash with Arsenal to hold on Saturday despite coronavirus fears. It was confirmed that the Gunners’ game against Manchester City at the Etihad on Wednesday was called off to prevent the spread of the virus.

Regardless of the postponement, Brighton have released a statement on their official website stating that they expected the game against Arsenal this weekend to hold.

“The risk is considered extremely low and Saturday’s match remains scheduled to go ahead with the self-isolation period for those players ending tomorrow,” a section of the statement read.

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“We continue to follow government and medical advice with regard to the Coronavirus.”

Arsenal’s game against Manchester City was suspended after a number of the club’s players and staff met with Olympiacos owner Evangelos Marinakis who has confirmed his contraction of the virus. Marinakis is also the owner of Championship side Nottingham Forest.

Olympiacos are scheduled to face Wolves in the next round of the Europa League after eliminating Arsenal although the Premier League club appealed for the suspension of the game and had their appeal rejected by UEFA. Meanwhile, Olympiakos confirmed on Wednesday that all their players tested negative for the virus

The Premier League on its website said: “all necessary measures are being taken” and the competition “currently has no plans to postpone any other matches.”

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