Southampton’s FA Cup clash against Shrewsbury is POSTPONED after a COVID-19 outbreak at the League One outfit after recording ten positive cases with officials set to meet to discuss fate of the fixture
- Southampton’s clash with Shrewsbury in the FA Cup is off after a Covid outbreak
- The Shrews recorded 10 positive tests and are unable to fulfil the fixture
- FA officials will meet next week to decide if and when the game can be played
Southampton’s FA Cup tie with Shrewsbury on Saturday has been called off following a coronavirus outbreak at the League One club.
Shrewsbury recorded 10 positive tests leading to the postponement of the third round tie which was due to kick off at 8pm.
The game will now not go ahead as planned and the FA’s Professional Game Board will meet next week to see if and when the fixture can take place.
Southampton’s FA Cup clash against to Shrewsbury has been postponed after a Covid outbreak at the League One side
The Shrews recorded ten positive coronavirus cases and are unable to fulfil the fixture
A statement from The FA said: ‘Shrewsbury Town FC informed The FA that there have been a significant number of positive COVID-19 cases at the club such that they did not have a sufficient amount of fit, non-isolating players who would be able to play in the fixture.
‘Shrewsbury Town FC provided The FA with details of the medical advice it had received and its communications with local Public Health England and liaised with The FA’s COVID Medical Officer for the Emirates FA Cup. The FA also requested and considered further information regarding Shrewsbury Town FC’s ability to fulfil the fixture.
‘There will be a meeting of The FA’s Professional Game Board early next week to make a decision as to what will happen with the fixture. The FA hopes that all those testing positive for COVID-19 have a full and swift recovery.’
Shrewsbury is hoping the game can be rescheduled with FA officials set to meet next week
There are doubts over the match being rearranged amid a jam-packed fixture schedule
Attempts to rearrange the St Mary’s meeting will be complicated with concerns about where it could be squeezed in.
Following Wednesday’s announcement of the test results there are doubts as to whether Shrewsbury will have enough players fit enough for the game to take place by next week.
The following week, Southampton travel to Leeds in the Premier League and the fourth round will take place on the weekend of Saturday January 23rd.
It comes after Middlesbrough’s third-round game at Brentford was plunged into doubt with Boro reporting a number of positive tests.
Their Rockliffe Park training headquarters have been shut since Monday, with further results expected on the weekend after tests on Thursday.
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