Beşiktaş, coronavirus contagion

Beşiktaş confirms that at least 5 players have coronavirus

There are already 8 positives for coronavirus notified by Beşiktaş. COVID-19 has left the team without defence players.

Beşiktaş, one of the major clubs in the Turkish league, has confirmed that at least five of its players have tested positive for coronavirus in tests carried out in the last 24 hours, while another Super League club, Antalyaspor, also announced that four members of their staff have the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

In a statement issued on Thursday, Beşiktaş announced that in routine tests carried out among its players, five of them had been diagnosed with COVID-19, without specifying their names. The text added that two of the players who tested positive did so while playing with their respective national teams.

Precisely on Thursday all the players and staff of the Turkey national football team were placed under preventive quarantine after the Croatian defender of Beşiktaş, Domagoj Vida, tested positive during a friendly match between the teams of Croatia and Turkey; Vida got to embrace several Turkish players and Turkish coach Şenol Güneş, a former Beşiktaş coach.

With these new infections, there are already 8 players infected by coronavirus that the Black Eagles have in their squad, after previously the Istanbul club had reported another three positives, which has seriously complicated the options available to their coach, Sergen Yalçın .

Contagions have left Beşiktaş “practically” defenseless

These difficulties also occur at a time when the team occupies positions in the middle of the table, far from their usual positions in the Top 5 of the Süper Lig. In an interview on Thursday, the club’s president, Ahmet Nur Çebi, acknowledged that the positive cases of coronavirus have left the team “practically” devoid of its defensive line.

In addition to the five positive cases in Beşiktaş players, another club in the Turkish league, Antalyaspor, announced on Friday that three of its players and a member of its staff had been infected with coronavirus. Without giving details about their identities either, the Antalya team limited itself to note that the four infected had been quarantined and were receiving treatment, and that the relevant authorities had already been alerted.