Shrewsbury FA Cup Game At Saints Called Off Due To COVID-19 Cases
Southampton's FA Cup third round match at home to Shrewsbury Town will not take place as scheduled on Saturday after the thirdtier team reported several COVID19 cases in their squad, the Football Association (FA) announced on Thursday.
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Southampton’s FA Cup third round match at home to Shrewsbury Town will not take place as scheduled on Saturday after the third-tier team reported several COVID-19 cases in their squad, the Football Association (FA) announced on Thursday.
Shrewsbury informed the FA that due to the “significant number” of cases among players and staff, they did not have enough fit players who were not in self-isolation to fulfil the fixture against the high-flying Premier League side.
“Shrewsbury Town FC provided the FA with details of the medical advice it had received and its communications with local Public Health England and liaised with the FA’s COVID Medical Officer for the FA Cup,” the FA said in a statement.
“The FA also requested and considered further information regarding Shrewsbury Town’s ability to fulfil the fixture.”
The FA added there will be a meeting of its Professional Game Board next week to decide on the fate of the fixture.
Championship (second-tier) side Middlesbrough also said on Thursday that preparations for their third round match at Brentford had been affected after a number of their first team players and staff tested positive for COVID-19.
“As a result, the training ground has been effectively closed since Monday and the first team have been unable to carry out any work on the Rockliffe pitches ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup trip to Brentford,” the club said.
“Further mandatory tests took place on Thursday morning with the results expected ahead of the weekend. The club’s Under-23 squad also joined the first team squad and staff in undergoing tests ahead of the cup tie.”
On Wednesday, Derby County said their first-team squad and interim manager Wayne Rooney will not play a part in Saturday’s FA Cup match at sixth-tier Chorley as they were self-isolating after an outbreak of the virus at the club.
But the game is due to go ahead with Derby set to pick a team predominantly made up from the club’s Under-23 and Under-18 squads with youth coaches taking charge.
COVID-19 outbreaks have led to four Premier League matches being postponed and more than 50 games in the lower divisions of the Football League (EFL) being called off this season.