Olympiacos and Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis has confirmed that he is self-isolating after testing positive for coronavirus.
The virus continues to sweep the globe and wreak havoc in the sporting world. Italy Prime Minister Guiseppe Conte has announced all sport in the country has been suspended, including Serie A. Meanwhile, Champions League round of 16 second-legs Barcelona v Napoli and PSG v Borrussia Dortmund will be played behind closed doors, as will LASK v Manchester United, Olympiacos v Wolves and Sevilla v Roma in the Europa League.
And now Marinakis said this on Instagram on Tuesday morning: “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.”
Marinakis was at the City Ground on Friday night as Nottingham Forest crashed to a 3-0 defeat against Millwall, and reportedly shook hands with every Forest player, causing concerns.
All Olympiacos players and backroom staff are going to hospital to be tested for the virus on Tuesday; Nottingham Forest will likely make a similar decision amid reports the EFL are in close discussions with the Championship side.
Speculation continues to circle around what action the FA may take if Coronavirus becomes even more of an issue in the UK. The Premier League favour games being played behind closed doors whereas the EFL strongly oppose that due to the damage it would do to clubs from a loss of matchday revenue and ticket sales.
Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville and co-owner of League Two Salford City has had his say on the matter:
“I do NOT support matches played behind closed doors.”
“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.”