Published On: Thu, May 28th, 2020

Fulham confirm two positive coronavirus cases as EFL announce latest test results | Football | Sport

Championship promotion hopefuls Fulham have confirmed that two members of their playing staff have tested positive for coronavirus. The unnamed duo are now self-isolating.

A statement from Fulham said: “After the second round of league-wide testing for COVID-19 completed by Fulham FC players and staff this week at the Club’s training facility, we can confirm that two players have tested positive for Coronavirus.

“Both players, who shall remain unnamed due to medical confidentiality, are now self-isolating in line with league and government guidance.”

The latest round of medical checks saw the EFL test more than 1,000 players and staff, with a further confirmed case being flagged up at another club.

A statement from the league said: “Following the latest round of COVID-19 testing, the EFL can confirm that 1030 players and Club staff have been tested over the course of Monday 25, Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 May, with three individuals testing positive from two Clubs.

“Those players or Club staff who have tested positive will now self-isolate in line with the guidelines provided by the EFL and only those who have tested negative will be permitted to enter training ground facilities.

“The EFL will continue to make regular and relevant announcements as appropriate in respect of the testing programme to support competition integrity and transparency.

“No specific details as to Clubs or individuals will be provided by the League.”

The EFL’s first round of testing identified two positive cases from one club – Hull City. The Tigers have called for the 2019/20 campaign to be curtailed. 

After the latest round of tests, the club tweeted: “Hull City can confirm that none of its players or staff are included in the three new positive results and the two individuals who tested positive in the first round of testing last week continue to self-isolate at home as per government and EFL guidelines.”

The majority of Championship clubs were back in training from Monday after Return to Training Protocols were agreed.

The EFL are eager to restart the Championship campaign next month, with votes set to take place over whether to continue.

If the season is curtailed the final table is set to be settled on a points-per-game basis.

Fulham face the prospect of entering the play-offs. Scott Parker’s side are third in the table, six points behind West Brom, who occupy the second automatic promotion spot.

League Two clubs have already voted to end their season, while League One teams are split over a decision.

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