West Ham United are currently facing the troubling time of their life as seven of their players has reported tested positive to the coronavirus. Karren Brady who is the vice-chairman of the club revealed the number in her column in the sun as the pandemic continues to cause disruption to the sporting calendar.
West Ham Vice-Chairman Karren Brady according to her wrote: “I am relieved to say they are all showing mild symptoms and, along with their families, seem to be well. Eight players in the club has tested positive to this virus making it difficult to even resume at the scheduled date which is 30th of April.
According to her she said: “it is no more than a handshake, sneeze or cough away from any of us, so no one should be complacent.” West Ham manager David Moyes earlier this month went into self-isolation as a precautionary measure after coming into direct contact with Mikel Arteta.
Mikel Arteta was then positive after making contacting with Olympiacos owner after a Europa League tie. West Ham players were all given fitness programmes to do in their various houses, with the current plan that they will resume training when this lockdown period ends on April 13.
The Premier League, English Football League and Professional Footballers’ Association met on Friday to discuss the economic implications of the suspension of the season. They were not able to reach a reasonable conclusion but they agreed to meet this week again.
Earlier this month, Brady stated this season’s Premier League should be declared null and void if it can’t be concluded due to the coronavirus pandemic. Although she admitted that Premier Leagues are committed to finishing the season.
“When we all Premier League clubs last spoke, we agreed to get going again as soon as possible,” Brady said. “And that games will run into July, if required, to get this campaign finished. This is the plan. This is what we want to deliver.
“It may be games have to be played behind closed doors, which no one wants – especially the players and fans. “But we hope it might just be possible to go ahead once the sharp graph of it bottoms out.”