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Five Red Star players contract Covid-19 after 18,000 fans attend match

 

 

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ive Red Star Belgrade players have tested positive for the Covid-19 coronavirus in the wake of their SuperLiga title triumph in front of several five-figure crowds, the club has confirmed.

 

The Serbian champions confirmed the news less than a fortnight after they faced cross-city rivals FK Partizan in their Serbian Cup semi-final defeat, with around 25,000 fans in attendance.

 

Marko Gobeljic, Njegos Petrovic, Dusan Jovancic, Marko Konatar and Branko Jovicic have all subsequently come back with affirmative results for the illness, with all but the latter having been left out of the club’s final game of the season against Proleter on Saturday.

 

As such, all five players will be forced to wait to receive their SuperLiga winners’ medals, with the club confirming that they will be presented to them at a later date.

 

 

“The aforementioned players are feeling well, and are in strict isolation as well as constant contact with the club’s medical team,” read an official Red Star statement. “The condition of the players is being carefully monitored and a new test will be performed before the start of the preparations for next season.”

 

 

 

The club further stressed that they had taken the requisite precautionary measures and that there were no other reported cases at present, adding: “It is important to point out that all other players, management and staff who were in direct contact with the first team have received a negative result. Red Star is taking all necessary protection measures and we will continue to do so.”

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