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Brighton confirm no more positive tests after three earlier cases

Stephen Doyle
Stephen Doyle

18:26 21 May 2020

There is cautious optimism at Brighton, a Premier League directly impacted by the coronavirus, that clubs are on the right path to a return to action.

Three players from the club tested positive for COVID-19 during the earlier stages of the outbreak in the UK, the third player will have completed 14 days of self-isolation by this Sunday.

After testing was carried out across 19 clubs last weekend, there were six positive results from 748 tests, including Watford player Adrian Mariappa and Burnley assistant manager Ian Woan.

The chief executive of Brighton, Paul Barber, has previously expressed his own reservations about the Premier League returning to action but he told PA Sports that the beginning of 'Project Restart' is going well.

"Our policy all the way through this has been to announce if we have positive tests,' said Barber.

"If there was no announcement, it means no positive tests. It (six) feels as if it was a low number.

"Obviously any positive test is worrying and concerning for the people involved and we wish them all the best.

"It certainly seemed to me a good restart to the first stage of the training protocol.

"It (returning to training) is an important first step in our movement towards getting games back on.

"The first stage of the training protocol was agreed unanimously by the shareholders, which was a positive step, and obviously the players are now adjusting to that protocol."

There are nine rounds of matches left to play in the current season which the Premier League is hoping to restart in the middle of June.
As it stands, the Seagulls are currently 15th in the table and just two points clear of the relegation places.
They will still have to negotiate matches against the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United while there could be some interesting tussles with bottom half rivals like Norwich and Southampton.

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