Nottingham Forest and Olympiakos owner Evangelos Marinakis announces he has coronavirus

Nottingham Forest and Olympiakos owner Evangelos Marinakis announces he has coronavirus

Nottingham Forest and Olympiakos owner Evangelos Marinakis has annouced he has coronavirus. He was in attendance at the home game in the Championship Forest played against Millwall on Friday which they lost 3-0.

Marinakis said in a statement: “The recent virus has visited me and I felt obliged to let the public know.

“I feel good as I take all the necessary measures and I discipline to the doctors’ instructions.

“I strongly advise all my fellow citizens to do the same. I wish all a quick recovery.”

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Austrian health minister Rudolf Anschober reportedly said on Tuesday that all outdoor events in the country with more than 500 people would be cancelled until mid-April.

UEFA has been in contact with both LASK and United, as well as local and national authorities, ahead of the last-16 first leg in Linz, where local media has suggested the match will be played without supporters.

LASK said in a statement posted on their English Twitter feed: “Health Minister Anschober says that football matches will still go ahead meaning that no @EuropaLeague or @OEFBL games will be cancelled, but may be played behind closed doors.”

Sports bodies met with government ministers in the UK on Monday at a meeting chaired by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to discuss contingency plans in relation to Covid-19.

There has been talk Premier League and English Football League games could be played behind closed doors but Gary Neville, the joint-owner of Sky Bet League Two side Salford, has joined those rejecting that as an alternative.

“I do NOT support matches played behind closed doors,” former England and Manchester United defender Neville said on Twitter.

“If it’s necessary to shut down stadiums the associations must find a way of delaying the season and playing the games when it is safe to do so to protect the revenues for clubs that require this income to survive.”

La Liga matches will be played without fans for at least the next two rounds of fixtures to try and stop the spread of the coronavirus, the Spanish league said on Tuesday.

Barcelona has also said its Champions League clash with Napoli next week will be played behind closed doors.

Published at Tue, 10 Mar 2020 12:06:00 +0000