Positive Covid-19 tests require postponement of Rotherham’s match at Middlesbrough
The Millers had already seen their home fixture against relegation rivals Derby on Saturday cancelled after one player checked positive for coronavirus and other squad members revealed symptoms.
Rotherham confirmed “a variety of additional positive cases of Covid-19” within the first-team team suggested the club were also now not able to fulfil the Boxing Day component at the Riverside Stadium.
The EFL will now open an examination into the scenarios surrounding the cancelation of the video game, as it does with all such postponements.
A declaration on Rotherham’s official site read: “Following a variety of additional favorable cases of Covid-19 confirmed last night within the Rotherham United first-team team, we have unwillingly – but with the safety of our players and staff at the forefront of our minds – notified the EFL and our challengers, Middlesbrough, that we will be unable to fulfil our Boxing Day component.
” Paul Warne’s side were set to deal with Boro at The Riverside on Saturday 26th December 2020, however following an increased series of screening throughout the early stages of this week, caused by the post ponement of last weekend’s component against Derby County, the club have, following assessment with the EFL medical professionals, been entrusted to no option but to inform the EFL of our decision to reorganize the video game versus Middlesbrough.
” The club will continue to monitor the seriousness at which the infection has spread out – along with the health and well-being of our first-team squad and those connected to them – whilst remaining in contact with our upcoming opponents and the EFL on the matter.
” We hope to decide on future components later on today as we continue discussions with the EFL, with whom we will work closely, to make sure the safety of everybody gotten in touch with the football club at the leading edge of our minds.”
The EFL will now check out the matter, with reorganized fixtures set to be confirmed “in due course”.
A declaration from the EFL read: “Rotherham United’s Sky Bet Champion fixture versus Middlesbrough on Saturday 26 December has been suspended.
” The club notified the EFL that they would be not able to fulfil the fixture following current positive COVID-19 tests and the requirement for gamers and staff to self-isolate as per EFL and Federal government guidance in order to reduce against the threat of more infection.
” The situations surrounding the posts ponement will now be the topic of an investigation in accordance with EFL Regulations.
” Revised dates for the reorganized fixtures will be confirmed in due course.”