Al Hilal report six positive coronavirus cases in lead-up to Asian Champions League restart

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John McAuley

Sep 13, 2020

September 13, 2020

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The rescheduled Asian Champions League suffered another setback on Saturday when seven positive Covid-19 results were returned from the clubs competing in Qatar, including six from reigning champions Al Hilal.

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) reported that five players and one member of management from the Saudi side had tested positive, alongside a player from host team Al Duhail. The West Asian section of the tournament resumes in Doha on Monday.

In a statement, the AFC said: “So far, the results of those tests have shown that five players and one member of the management team from Al Hilal Club of Saudi Arabia, and one player from Qatari side, Al Duhail, have tested positive.

“All the appropriate medical care and support is being given to the two teams and those who tested positive are under medical supervision in a quarantined environment as required by the safety measures and Covid-19 protocols put in place for the tournament.”

The revised group stage, which was halted in March because of the coronavirus outbreak, takes place in Qatar this month, with teams from Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Iran and Uzbekistan completing all four remaining match days.

The AFC said on Thursday it had rejected a request from the UAE Football Association to postpone matches involving Al Wahda, since the Abu Dhabi side could not travel to Qatar after “several members” of the club tested positive for Covid-19. The Wahda staff is currently undergoing a 14-day quarantine in the capital. They were due to resume their Group A campaign on Monday, against Iran’s Esteghlal.

Three other UAE clubs – Sharjah, Al Ain and Shabab Al Ahli – are also contesting the groups. The AFC announced on Thursday that the East Zone group stage, originally scheduled to resume in Malaysia in mid-October, will now run from November 15-December 13.

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Al Hilal celebrate Saudi Pro League title

Al Hilal player Salman Al Faraj celebrates winning the Saudi Professional League title following a 4-1 win over Al Hazem. EPA

Al Hilal manager Razvan Lucescu and coaching staff celebrate. EPA

Al Hilal's Mohammed Al Burayk celebrates. EPA

Players and coaching staff of Al Hilal celebrate winning the Saudi Pro League title. EPA

ManagerRazvan Lucescu. EPA

Al Hilal's player Bafetimbi Gomis, left, celebrates with a teammate after scoring against Al Hazem. EPA

Bafetimbi Gomis in action. EPA

Al Hilal's Yasir Al Shahrani. EPA

Al Hazem's Abdullah Alshamri heads the ball. EPA

Al Hilal's Sebastian Giovinco, centre, in action. EPA

Al Hilal's Salem Al Dawsari (back) in action against Al Hazem's Abdulrahman Al Yami. EPA

Al Hazem's Abdulrahman Al Yami celebrates opening the scoring. EPA

Al Hilal's player Gustavo Cuellar. EPA

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Updated: September 13, 2020 11:47 AM

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