Friday March 13 2020
West Ham self-isolate staff in contact with Arteta

West Ham have confirmed that the personnel in direct contact with Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta are now in self-isolation.

Arsenal confirmed that their Spanish coach Arteta has tested positive for COVID-19 and later it was announced that Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi also had contracted the virus.

After the match against Arsenal at the weekend, The Hammers have confirmed that they have decided to take precautionary measures.

“The decision has been made in the interests of the health and wellbeing of players, staff, their families and supporters, in line with official expert guidance from the relevant authorities and in order to support the national effort to delay the spread of COVID-19,” a statement on their official websites read. “We of course apologise for any inconvenience this may cause our supporters.

“Due to members of West Ham personnel being in direct contact with the Arsenal manager at our game at Emirates Stadium at the weekend, the Club is taking a precautionary approach and those individuals are now self-isolation, in line with Government health guidelines.

“The Club will work with Public Health England regarding the welfare of our colleagues, their families and our supporters, which is of course our main priority at this time, and also in relation to our facilities, as well as continuing to work closely with the Premier League.”

In Serie A, there are also two cases of players testing positive. Juventus announced that defender Daniele Rugani has the COVID-19 and the Bianconeri are currently in quarantine.

Sampdoria forward Manolo Gabbiadini has also tested positive for the Coronavirus.

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