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Egyptian club Smouha to fine any player who tests positive for coronavirus

All players have been cleared by tests but any new infection will be punished as negligence

Mahmoud Elassal , Thursday 23 Jul 2020
Alexandria Smouha chairman Farag Amer
Alexandria Smouha chairman Farag Amer
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Egyptian Premier League outfit Smouha announced they will fine any player in the senior squad who tests positive for coronavirus ahead of the league's resumption.

All Egyptian League players underwent PCR tests (a test that can detect antibodies from exposure to Covid-19) and are ready to resume sports activities, according to a statement by the Egyptian Football Association (EFA).

"Any player in Smouha's squad tested positive for coronavirus will face a financial fine," Alexandria side chairman Farag Amer told a television programme.

"The player is owned by the club and he has an obligation to preserve his health as well as his fitness to be ready for matches,” he added.

"The club is following all the preventive and precautionary measures and we are testing all players every five days,” he continued.

"If any player tested positive for coronavirus, it means that he didn't follow preventive and precautionary measures," the Smouha boss explained.

"All rooms in the club are closed while the players attend their trainings and leave the club with their clothes and there is no contact with any person," Amer added.

EFA said it has been given the green light by the government to resume the Premier League, which has been on hold since mid-March as part of measures to curb the spread of coronavirus.

The Egyptian Premier League will resume 6 August after almost five months of suspended activities.

EFA released Wednesday the league's fixture list for August. Premier League title holders Ahly are leading the table with 49 points after playing 17 matches, 16 points above second placed Arab Contractors who played one game more.

Smouha are in 6th place in the table with 25 points after playing 18 games so far this season.

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