KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 13 -- The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has confirmed that seven participants in West region of the AFC Champions League tournament this season have tested positive for COVID-19 so far.
AFC, in a statement issued late last night, said they were tested positive by Qatari medical authorities upon arrival for their group stage fixtures in Doha.
The seven are five players and a management team member of title holder Al Hilal Club of Saudi Arabia and a player from Qatari side Al Duhail.
“All appropriate medical care and support is being given to the two teams and those tested positive are under medical supervision in a quarantined environment as required by the safety measures and COVID-19 protocols put in place for the tournament,” AFC said.
After months of postponement due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the top flight club competition in Asia was slated to return on Monday where AFC earlier said it would be held “under strict health regulations to protect players and officials from the pandemic”.
The East region matches, for which Malaysia will play host, are scheduled from Nov 15 to Dec 13, followed by the final at the West region on Dec 19 to determine the Asian representative to the FIFA Club World Cup.
AFC on Thursday announced the cancellation of the second-tier club competition AFC Cup, AFC Solidarity Cup and AFC Futsal Club Championship UAE 2020, while the AFC U-16 and AFC U-19 Championships, scheduled for Bahrain and Uzbekistan, have been postponed until early 2021.
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