Switzerland vs Ukraine’s Nations League game has been called off few hours before the kick-off time after six players and one staff from the Ukraine side tested positive for coronavirus.
This was made known to the public by the Ukraine football Federation in a statement that the game couldn’t happen; after health officials in the Swiss canton (state) of Lucerne put the entire squad into quarantine.
UEFA also added that. – ”The Ukrainian football association confirmed they have no other team, i.e. eligible players, able to play the match, either today or tomorrow and thus that the match has been canceled to that effect.
Meanwhile, the canceled game by UEFA has been alluded to its disciplinary panel for a decision. It is believed that the panel can order Ukraine to forfeit the game as a component of emergency competition rules during the Covid pandemic period.
The rules as per say require the teams involved to go ahead and play the match provided that they have atleast 13 qualified players, including one specialist goalkeeper, on site who are not isolating in quarantine and have tested negative for the virus.
The Ukrainian team officials suggested that two of the six affected players; Sergei Kryvtsov and Junior Moraes had antibodies after previously testing positive for COVID-19 while on Champions League duties with Shakhtar Donetsk and thus should have been given UEFA clearance to play.
The game is the second Nations League match to be canceled by UEFA after Norway vs Romania – during this ongoing international break because of public restrictions to control the pandemic.