After being tested, the Nottingham Forest and Olympiakos owner, Evangelos Marinakis confirmed positive for coronavirus. He reveals this in other to stop the possible spread of the virus among the fans and players he had met prior to the time. In a post on Instagram by Marinakis, he said “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.”
He was at the Emirate Stadium last week as Olympiakos knocked Arsenal out of the Europa League, Marinakis met so many players and posed for photos with several fans at the City ground last Friday for forest’s 3:0 defeat to Millwall. Marinakis is believed to have met the Forest squad in the dressing room before the Millwall match and, according to the Daily Telegraph, shaken the hands of the players. With skin-to-skin contact one of the ways in which coronavirus is transferred, the Forest players will now have to be tested for the virus, and there will also be concern over the fans who met with Marinakis outside the ground after the game.
Millwal spokesman said: “All necessary precautions are already being taken. Senior club representatives who came into contact with Nottingham Forest and Olympiakos owner, Mr Marinakis last Friday have all begun a period of self isolation, as per government advice.”
Emirates could also be a concern. An Arsenal spokesman said: “Our home match with Olympiakos was played on Thursday 27 February and none of our staff who came into contact with him on that matchday have reported any symptoms since. We continue to follow strict protocols with regard to coronavirus. We’re following the government health guidelines and have additional procedures in place to protect our players and staff.”
Olympiakos to play Wolves in the Europa League this Thursday behind closed doors to limit the risk of possible spread of the virus. There are lot of concern over matches now whether the games should go ahead and also over upcoming fixtures in the Championship and perhaps even Premier League. Forest’s next fixture is scheduled to take place away at Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday and the EFL are in contact with the club over what steps to take next.