Advertisement Arsenal close Hale End academy after staff member tests positive for Covid-19 Arsenal have been forced to close their Hale End academy base (Picture :Getty)Arsenal have closed their Hale End academy after a senior member of staff tested positive for coronavirus.The Gunners decided to close their academy base in Walthamstow, east London through fears that the staff member came into contact with scores of others after he returned from a trip abroad.Staff members were told that they must stay away from the academy until further notice, according to the Athletic.An Arsenal spokesperson said: ‘We can confirm that a member of staff from our Hale End Academy has tested positive for COVID-19. The positive test result arrived at 5pm today and the member of staff immediately left the site to self-isolate.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Arsenal’s first team train in London Colney, Hertfordshire (Picture: Getty)‘As a consequence, six other members of staff are now self-isolating and we have initiated track and trace for the entire site. We are working through our CCTV and attendance records on site in order to continue the track and trace process.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Our Hale End Academy will now be closed on Thursday 8 October for deep cleaning. After Thursday, we will review our coaching plans at Hale End accordingly and will keep all staff, parents and young players fully informed. The health and safety of everyone on all our sites is our paramount concern. No members of our men’s or women’s first-team squads have been affected’.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe base is completely separate from the first team training ground, which is based in London Colney, Hertfordshire. Hale End will facility will undergo a deep clean on Thursday while the club reviews the situation.It comes as defender Kieran Tierney was ruled out of Arsenal’s game against Manchester City after he came into contact with a player that had tested positive for Covid-19.The Scot must isolate for a fortnight but Arsenal are exploring their options as the defender is believed to have tested negative for the virus. MORE: Mesut Ozil left out of Arsenal’s Europa League squad by Mikel Arteta Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 7 Oct 2020 10:37 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link465Shares Advertisement
THE Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (ONCACAF), yesterday announced the details for the 2020 CONCACAF Men’s Under-20 Championship. The men’s world cup qualifying competition will be disputed in three stages, in February, June and July of 2020.Unlike the previous format, which included regional qualifiers in the Caribbean and Central America and one final Championship, the redesigned competition mirrors the format used for the men’s under-17, women’s under-17 and women’s under-20 competitions, ensuring that all participating teams have an opportunity to qualify for FIFA World Cup and to play more top-level competitive football matches.The first stage of the competition will kick off in February of 2020. For this initial group stage, 17 participating countries ranked from 17-41, according to the Concacaf Under-20 Ranking as of June 2019, will be divided into three groups of four teams and one group of five teams. After round-robin play, the top finisher in each of the groups will advance to the knockout stage.The participating countries for the qualifying stage are Anguilla, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and US Virgin Islands.The second round of the competition, which will also be played in a group format, will take place in June of 2020. The top ranked 16 participating teams, according to the Concacaf Under-20 Ranking as of June 2019, will be divided into four groups of four. After round-robin play, the top three teams in each of the groups will advance to the knockout stage.The participating countries for the group stage are Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and USA.The final stage of the competition, knockout stage, will take place immediately following the second stage. All knockout round matches (round of 16, quarterfinal, semifinal and final) will be played in a single match elimination format, with the semi-finalist qualifying to the FIFA U-20 World Cup Indonesia 2021.An official draw to sort the participating teams into the qualifying and group stage groups, as well as the parings for the round of 16, will take place on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. The draw will be conducted from the CONCACAF Headquarters in Miami, FL. Fans will be able to follow all the action beginning at 11:00hrs ET via Concacaf.com.The host countries for each of the rounds and further scheduling details will be publicised after the draw.