The owner of Nottingham Forest and Olympiakos has tested positive for coronavirus, prompting a scramble to contain the possible spread of infection among fans and players.
Evangelos Marinakis was present at the City Ground last Friday night for Forest’s 3-0 defeat to Millwall. He also met the Forest squad and posed for photos with several fans. On February 27 he was at the Emirates Stadium as Olympiakos knocked Arsenal out of the Europa League.
Zimbabwe international Tendayi Darikwa plays for Nottingham Forrest although he is currently in rehabilitation following an injury.
All Forrest players and staff had to go through mandatory coronavirus tests which came back negative yesterday.
“Nottingham Forest can confirm that all players, staff and officers have been tested for the coronavirus and all results have come back negative.
“Within hours of receiving the news that owner…Marinakis had tested positive for the virus, the club took swift action to arrange tests for the entire first-team players, staff and officers that came into contact with the owner last week.
“The club will remain in close dialogue with the relevant governing bodies and football authorities to ensure the correct measures are taken,” Forrest said in a statement on their website yesterday.
Marinakis had confirmed he had the virus in a post on Instagram.
“The recent virus has ‘visited’ me and I felt obliged to let the public know,” he wrote.
“I feel good as I take all the necessary measures and I discipline to the doctors instructions. I strongly advise all my fellow citizens to do the same. I wish all a quick recovery.”
Olympiakos are due to play Wolves in the Europa League tonight, with the Uefa having already announced that the game will take place behind closed doors to limit the risk of transmission.
Marinakis is believed to have met the Forest squad in the dressing room before the Millwall match and, according to the Daily Telegraph, shaken the hands of the players.
There will also be concern over the fans who met with Marinakis outside the ground after the game.
— Additional reporting Agencies