Covid positive tests force delay to Concacaf League’s full restart

October 21 – Concacaf, in the throes of starting its club competitions, has had to postpone one of the first matches of its second club competition, the Concacaf League, after four players and four staff from Belize’s Verdes FC tested positive for covid.

Verdes were due to play Haiti’s Arcahaie FC in a preliminary round match.

“As part of Concacaf’s protocols to resume the 2020 Scotiabank Concacaf League (SCL), extensive COVID-19 testing is carried out on each club’s players and traveling staff prior to each match. In the case of the SCL preliminary round match between Arcahaie FC and Verdes FC, four players and four staff members from Verdes FC have tested positive for Covid-19,” said a Concacaf press release.

“The individuals concerned have been isolated from their team and are complying with Concacaf protocols and all laws and regulations imposed by local authorities.”

The confederation said that the Concacaf League match between El Salvador’s CD FAS and Nicaragua’s Managua FC would go ahead despite on player and one staff member from Managua testing positive.

“All other players, members of the travelling delegation and match officials have received confirmed negative tests,” said Concacaf.

The Concacaf League has been expanded to a 22-team knockout cup with each round played over two legs. The top six teams in the competition qualify for the Concacaf Champions League.

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