Linfield game off over Kosovan opponents' Covid-19 issues

UEFA Champions League Qualifier Called Off Over Covid-19 Cases

Champions League qualifier between Linfield and KF Drita OFF after another COVID-19 positive test

Kosovo title victor KF Drita risks forfeiting its scheduled game against Linfield of Northern Ireland in a UEFA disciplinary case.

The preliminary round final in Nyon was postponed just over an hour before kick-off after a second Drita player tested positive for Covid-19.

UEFA postponed Tuesday Kosovo's club FC Drita Champions League qualifier against Linfield of Northern Ireland after a player from Drita tested positive for Covid-19.

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A FC Drita player tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday and - in accordance with UEFA's Return to Play protocol - was put into quarantine along with one team-mate after tracing found he had come into close contact with the affected player.

The Drita squad had tested negative prior to their arrival in Switzerland.

The announcement comes after the Swiss health authorities and UEFA chose to put the entire Drita squad into quarantine ahead of Tuesday's scheduled match against Linfield in Nyon.

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UEFA's Control and Disciplinary Body will decide whether the match can be rescheduled for a later date.

'UEFA would like to reinforce the importance for all teams, players, officials and all those involved to fully respect the UEFA Return to Play Protocol'.

If they fail to progress past Drita today, they will miss out on a round of European action - the Champions League first qualifying round - and the estimated €280k UEFA solidarity payment that goes along with it.

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