Hungary coach tests positive for coronavirus on eve of Euro 2020 match

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - UEFA Nations League - League B - Group 3 - Russia v Hungary - Lev Yashin Stadium, Moscow, Russia - October 14, 2020 Hungary coach Marco Rossi during the match Pool via REUTERS/Pavel Golovkin

A day before the crucial Euro 2020 play-off final match, Hungary national team coach Marco Rossi tested positive for COVID-19 and is set to miss the big event. He is now separated from the team in quarantine on eve of the match against Iceland.The Hungary national team will welcome its opponent in the Euro 2020 play-off final match in an empty stadium this week.

“After several negative tests Marco Rossi’s latest test showed a positive result,” the Hungarian Football Federation MLSZ said on Twitter. “He was immediately separated from the players and the staff.” The MLSZ said further information would be available at the team’s evening news conference.

By beating Bulgaria last month, Hungary became one of the last eight teams to compete for the four remaining spots for the European Championships. Earlier, the Hungarian soccer federation confirms that fans will no longer be allowed to attend crucial qualifying match. Last week, 18,531 fans watched Ferencvaros host Juventus in a Champions League game at the national stadium.

However, with the spike of coronavirus infection in Europe, the Hungarian government has announced new restrictions to cope with the worsening coronavirus pandemic. The Hungarian soccer federation says the new restrictions “have a significant impact” on soccer and it will pay refunds for 18,000 fans who bought the ticket and could have been in the 67,000-capacity Puskas Arena for the crucial match.

Four nations are yet to qualify for Euro 2020 and will be named after the play-offs final conclude on Nov. 12. The winner will join the first 20 teams who booked their place in the tournament during the group stage last year. Euro 2020, originally scheduled for June 12-July 12, was pushed back 12 months because of the Covid-19 pandemic and is now due to be held from June 11-July 11 next year.