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Coronavirus: Three positive results in latest round of EFL tests

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The League Two play-off semi-finals and 12 Championship fixtures have been played since EFL games resumed on 18 June

Three individuals from two Championship clubs tested positive for coronavirus during the past week, the English Football League has confirmed.

It is not yet known which clubs, players or staff are affected.

In the Championship, 2,858 people were tested over the past week and those who gave positive results must self-isolate, in line with EFL guidelines.

There were no positive results from 297 conducted in League One and 271 in League Two.

The number of positive tests is down on last week’s total of 12, with eight of those from the Championship.

The restart of the second-tier season went ahead as planned on Saturday, and the two-leg League Two play-offs have also been played, with Northampton and Exeter winning through to Wembley.

League One play-offs involving Portsmouth, Oxford United, Wycombe Wanderers and Fleetwood Town will take place on 3 and 6 July.

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Atlanta, Inter Miami players have coronavirus

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Two Atlanta United players and one player on expansion club Inter Miami CF have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Per Atlanta United, their two unidentified players are asymptomatic and are in isolation.

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In a statement Saturday, Atlanta United said the club will continue non-contact training on Monday. If negative test results for all players and staff are received on that day, the club will resume full team training on Tuesday.

“Since Atlanta United began individual player workouts on May 6, the club has followed MLS health and safety guidelines, including proper physical distancing and sanitization during individual workouts, small group training sessions and full group training sessions,” the team said in a statement.

“The club will continue to work in close consultation with the CDC, local health authorities and Major League Soccer regarding testing and training guidelines.”

Inter Miami announced in a statement late Thursday that an unidentified player tested positive for the coronavirus “following a round of mandatory club testing this week.”

Per the team, the player was also asymptomatic and is being treated by a combination of club medical staff and local infectious disease experts.

Inter Miami CF is slated to kick off the MLS is Back Tournament on July 8 against Orlando City SC.

Orlando City was designated as the home team for the opener of the tournament, which will take place at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla. The event will be closed to spectators.

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Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp feared coronavirus outbreak could end Premier League title hopes

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I became worried when people said the season may be ‘null and void’ – Klopp

Jurgen Klopp feared his Liverpool side would be denied the chance of winning the Premier League title when there were calls for the season to be voided because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Play was halted in March with the Reds needing two wins from nine games to win a first top-flight title in 30 years.

“I became worried when people started talking about ‘null and void’ this season,” said the Liverpool manager.

“I felt it physically. I was like ‘wow’. That would have been hard.”

He added: “But when it was off the table I felt quite relieved.

“I didn’t think when we went to lockdown ‘Oh my god, that is our season, we are so close’, because it was not important in that moment.”

If they win their next two games – Sunday’s Merseyside derby at Everton (19:00 BST), followed by Wednesday’s visit of Crystal Palace to Anfield (20:15) – Liverpool will win a 19th top-flight title, regardless of how second-placed Manchester City fare at home to Burnley on Monday. (20:00).

The Reds, who are 22 points clear with nine games remaining, will also secure a 19th top-flight title if they beat Everton and City lose against Burnley.

However, the German, who won two Bundesliga titles with Borussia Dortmund is just happy that his side have been given the opportunity to win the league in the conventional manner.

“We don’t expect to get it as a present. We didn’t want to have a points-per-game basis so we were really happy when it was decided we could play again,” he said.

“If they had done points per game and we couldn’t have played then we would have been champions but now we have to play for it and that is great, that is how it should be in sports.

“Now we go for it.”

‘No one is pleased to play without supporters’

Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti says he is “pleased” the Merseyside derby will take place at Goodison Park, even if having no fans will reduce their home advantage.

Goodison was only confirmed as the venue for the game on 10 June. It was initially considered a risk because of fears fans could congregate outside the ground.

“I am pleased it is at Goodison but not pleased we will play without supporters,” Ancelotti said.

“No one is pleased to play without supporters, and I hope soon it will be safe to have people in the stands during games.

“Everyone in football says our supporters are the 12th man, but we have to respect the procedure.

“We know it is not a normal game. Everyone in the world knows how the fans look for this game. We have to play a perfect game showing, character, sacrifice and personality.”

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Coronavirus: One positive result in latest round of Premier League testing

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There have been eight rounds of testing in the Premier League

The Premier League has confirmed one person returned a positive result in its latest round of Covid-19 testing.

A total of 1,541 players and club staff were tested for coronavirus this week.

The person, who has not been identified, will now self-isolate for seven days. Last week a Norwich player was one of two positive results from 1,200 tests.

There have now been a total of 17 positive results from nine rounds of testing.

The Premier League returned to action on Wednesday after an absence of 100 days because of the pandemic.

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