Besiktas confirm president, striker, 8 others test positive to COVID-19

Besiktas confirm president, striker, 8 others test positive to COVID-19

- Besiktas have confirmed that eight members of staff tested to positive COVID-19

- The Turkish league is currently on break and are set to resume on June 12

- Trabzonspor and Istanbul BB lead the pack with Galatsary in third place

Besiktas are the latest European club to contract the deadly coronavirus disease, according to reports.

It is understood that club President Ahmet Nur Cebi and striker Burak Yilmaz are among eight other individuals to have tested positive to the virus.

The Turkish Super Lig was scheduled to restart in June as Besiktas conducted tests among employees of the club which showed eight testing positive.

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Besiktas released a statement regarding the development: "According to the results of the tests of the Covid-19 test, positives were detected in eight people. The process of monitoring and treatment of these people who have positive test results have started immediately according to the relevant procedures".

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Another top club Kasimapa also confirmed that revealed two players at the club had tested positive and would be quarantined.

Second division side BB Erzurumspor said their latest round of testing saw 11 positive results, four of them were players.

Turkish FA President Nihat Ozdemir, confirmed last week that the league will resume play on June 12, after activities were suspended since March 18, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Teams have resumed training in Turkey as Trabzonspor lead the race in the league with eight matches left to play.

Istanbul BB are second, level on point with the leaders while Galatasary are three points behind the top two sides as Sivasspor settle for fourth position.

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that FIFA The Best awards for 2020 have been canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis as Lionel Messi and Megan Rapinoe will remain reigning champions in the men and women's categories.

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According to Spanish news media outlet Marca, the world football governing body states made the decision in canceling awards ceremony owing to health concerns.

The event was supposed to hold in September, in Milan, Italy, but health conditions have been considered amid the global pandemic.

Barcelona's Messi who won the 2019 edition beating Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk and Juventus Cristiano Ronaldo.

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