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Coronavirus: Omonia announce two cases amid spat with arch-rivals Apoel (updated)

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Omonia's players celebrate after scoring against Apoel on Monday.

Nicosia football club Omonia announced Saturday that two of its players have tested positive for the coronavirus, amid reports that the side had written to the CFA claiming arch-rivals Apoel, which reported 10 infected players and staff earlier this week, had violated health protocols before a game between the two on Monday.

Media reports said Omonia had written to the CFA asking for a probe into the matter. The club said it has also informed the health ministry.

In the letter, Omonia claimed that Apoel players had symptoms a few days after administrative staff had tested positive more than a week ago. The players, however, were not isolated, and were allowed to take part in training, the club said.

Omonia went on to say that the first Apoel player tested positive just before kick off on Monday, without them informing the CFA.

On Tuesday, Apoel announced one case while nine more were announced on Wednesday. Apoel announced more cases on Saturday, with the total now reaching 18. It was not immediately known how many concerned players.

Omonia players meanwhile, underwent tests ahead of a European fixture on Thursday in the Netherlands. Everyone tested negative but the team was tested upon return on Friday and two players were found positive.

In response, Apoel said it hoped the reports were untrue.

“If not, if it is true that such lies were included in a letter by Omonia, then apart from being at the disposal of the CFA and the state … we reserve all our legal rights,” Apoel said.

 

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