Slovakia defender Denis Vavro and a member of the team’s coaching staff have tested positive for the coronavirus ahead of the European Championship match against Sweden, coach Stefan Tarkovic said Thursday.
They are the first positive tests for COVID-19 to have been announced since Euro 2020 started.
Tarkovic said Vavro has no symptoms and is also isolating.
He didn’t disclose the name of the coach.
Testing took place on Wednesday.
The game against Sweden is in St. Petersburg on Friday.
“We started to work with the Russian public health authorities;” Tarkovic said through a translator, “and started to apply the corresponding UEFA protocol. So we took all the steps to avoid the spread of the infection.”
UEFA protocol states that teams with fewer than 13 players could have their game “rescheduled within the next 48 hours of the date of the relevant match” and possibly at a different venue.
“Any additional player called up to meet the minimum of 13 players requires that an equivalent number of quarantined players are definitively withdrawn; from the 26 players list,” the European soccer body said.
Meanwhile, two people – a man and a woman – have been killed in a shooting spree in the centre of the north-western German town of Espelkamp, the newspaper Bild reports, citing police.
The newspaper quoted police as saying the situation appeared to be a case of someone “running amok”, with the shooter still on the loose.
However, the police no longer believe the shootings are part of a larger killing spree.
Espelkamp, a town of some 20,000 people, is in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia; about 370 kilometres west of the capital Berlin.
Further, Police said one of the two had been killed inside a house and the other just outside it; adding that an initial investigation did not point to a terrorist attack.