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New suspected COVID-19 cases in Russian national football squad prevented, says coach

On Tuesday, COVID-19 tests of the entire Russian national football team, the coaching staff, and the team’s assistants returned negative results
Russian national football team’s head coach Stanislav Cherchesov Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS
Russian national football team’s head coach Stanislav Cherchesov
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MOSCOW, June 11. /TASS/. The Russian national football team managed to avoid new COVID-19 cases among the players after team member Andrei Mostovoi was isolated with a suspected novel coronavirus infection, the team’s head coach, Stanislav Cherchesov, said on Friday.

The coaching staff made a decision earlier in the week to isolate Mostovoi after his PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test returned a suspicious result and to summon defender Roman Yevgenyev to replace him.

"With the exception of Mostovoi, the rest of the national team players’ PCR tests for the novel coronavirus returned negative results," Cherchesov said, addressing a news conference ahead of the Russian team’s 2020 UEFA Euro Cup opening match on Saturday.

The press office of the Russian national football team reported on Tuesday that COVID-19 tests of the entire Russian national football team, the coaching staff, and the team’s assistants, collected on June 7 ahead of the 2020 UEFA Euro Cup, returned negative results.

As of today, Russia is ranked 6th globally in terms of reported COVID-19 cases, which currently stand at over 5,180,450. A total of over 125,670 people have died of the novel coronavirus infection in Russia, while more than 4,782,180 have recovered from the illness.

2020 UEFA Euro Cup

Russia is set to embark on its journey for the UEFA Euro Cup by playing group stage matches against the national teams of Belgium (home on June 12), Finland (home on June 16), and Denmark (away on June 21).

On March 17, 2020, UEFA announced it was postponing the 2020 UEFA Euro Cup for exactly one year as a preventive measure against the ongoing global spread of the novel coronavirus.

The championship was rescheduled to be held between June 11 and July 11, 2021 and Russia’s second-largest city of St. Petersburg was picked. It was among the 12 cities initially proposed in Europe to host the European championship’s matches. St. Petersburg was granted the right to host three group stage matches and one of the quarterfinals of the 2020 UEFA Euro Cup.

However, on April 23, St. Petersburg was granted the right to host three additional matches of the UEFA Euro Cup after Ireland’s Dublin and Spain’s Bilbao pulled out of the organization of the European football championship’s games, citing anti-COVID-19 measures.

Following the pullout of Bilbao and Dublin from the list of the championship’s hosting cities, the rescheduled 2020 UEFA Euro Cup is now set to be staged in 11 cities, namely in London, England; Munich, Germany; Rome, Italy; Baku, Azerbaijan; St. Petersburg, Russia; Bucharest, Romania; Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Budapest, Hungary; Glasgow, Scotland; Copenhagen, Denmark; and Seville, Spain.