Three positive tests for Stevenage but match with Bradford City goes ahead as planned

Three players from Stevenage Football Club have tested positive for coronavirus. Picture: ADAM DAVY/

Three players from Stevenage Football Club have tested positive for coronavirus. Picture: ADAM DAVY/PA - Credit: PA

Stevenage have confirmed that a further two players have tested positive for coronavirus bringing the total up to three – but their match at Bradford City goes ahead as planned.

One player tested positive after displaying mild symptoms on Thursday and prompted the club to test the entire squad and backroom staff.

Those results came back this morning (Saturday) with the confirmation of two more cases but said the decision to still play came after consultation between “the club and EFL medical staff”.

Boro chairman Phil Wallace said, “We feel we did the right thing testing everyone. It changed our travel plans but we’re happy we’ve got clarity on our position, are able to play the game and look forward to taking on Bradford today.

“I believe every club needs to get weekly testing in place going forward to reduce the chances of a sudden surge in infection rates and we have to find a way to pay for this that doesn’t cause even more financial damage to clubs.”

Stevenage have not disclosed the players involved, or answered whether they are youth players or from the first-team, and the decision was in contrast to Grimsby Town’s match with Cheltenham Town, also set for today, which was postponed after just one positive test.

The EFL have released a statement to CometSport though.

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They said: “Quite rightly each individual case is assessed on its merits and that determines the advice medical teams are able to give.

“It is always a matter for a club to inform the League as to whether it can meet its fixture obligations in accordance with EFL regulations and as such games remain on until they are called off.

“Looking at the specific case with Stevenage, the appropriate protocols and government guidance has been adhered to.

“Participants safety is paramount and it was determined there was no medical reason as to why the game could not take place as scheduled.”

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