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In a statement released on Wednesday morning (Singapore time), the EPL said: "Tonight's Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal has been postponed as a precautionary measure following the announcement on Tuesday that Evangelos Marinakis has contracted Covid-19".

Italy and France have taken drastic measures to control the spread f the virus by halting Serie A and Ligue 1 respectively.

"Thirteen days ago, Olympiakos played Arsenal at Emirates Stadium in the Uefa Europa League and Mr Marinakis, the Greek club's owner, met with several Arsenal squad members and staff".

They met Olympiakos owner Evangelos Marinakis after the Greek team won at Arsenal in the Europa League on February 27.

Both clubs have confirmed the news and no new date has been set for the fixture.

"The Premier League has therefore agreed that tonight's match will be rearranged".

Arsenal said the risk to their players was "extremely low" but they would follow medical guidelines.

They will be asked to self-isolate at home for 14 days from the last time they had contact with the confirmed case.

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The Premier League is talking to government officials about contingencies for shutting fans out of stadiums but has yet to announce the need for that, saying City-Arsenal is a one-off postponement.

"All necessary measures are being taken and the Premier League now has no plans to postpone any other matches".

As a result of some Gunners players - who haven't been named - being in self isolation, their Premier League match with Manchester City tonight has been postponed.

That is because the 14-day self isolation period ends on Friday, with it being a fortnight then since the players met Marinakis.

While sporting events across Europe have been affected, the United Kingdom government advice now is to carry on as normal.

Nottingham Forest said they were "seeking advice from medical professionals and the relevant governing bodies to ensure the correct measures are taken".

The coronavirus crisis has already hit Italian and Spanish football and the Champions League after games being postponed or played behind closed doors.

Wolves said "there are some things that are more important than football" and that their trip to Olympiakos "poses an unnecessary risks to our players, staff, supporters and the families of all who travel, at such critical and uncertain times".

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