Lincoln City have been 'exemplary' in following Covid guidance

Lincoln City's game with Dons on Good Friday, and their game with Charlton on Monday, have been postponed

Wednesday, 31st March 2021, 5:03 pm
Updated Wednesday, 31st March 2021, 5:04 pm
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Health bosses insist Lincoln City have been following advice to the letter despite an outbreak of Covid-19 at the club which has postponed their game on Good Friday against MK Dons.

Staff and players for City are self-isolating as a result of the virus, and their game next week against Charlton Athletic has also been postponed.

Neither of the postponed fixtures have been rearranged yet.

Lincolnshire County Council’s director of public health Professor Derek Ward said his public team had worked with the club since the beginning of the pandemic.

“They’ve been exemplary in everything that they’ve done, they’ve followed our advice to the letter, and being very proactive in lots of ways,” he said.

“But of course, in a professional football club there’s a lot of close contact, it’s a contact sport.

“Despite putting in place mitigations as advised by the government, we’ve got an ongoing outbreak.

“We’ve been aware of it and supporting the club since the first case, and it’s now got to a stage where my advice is that anybody who tests positive needs to isolate for 10 days, as does their immediate family.

“But the close contacts of those cases means that the club is struggling, I think, in terms of the number of playing staff they’ve got.”

Professor Ward said it had been his advice to the club to close the Soper of Lincoln Elite Performance Centre and give it a deep clean, while his team had been through close contacts and provided further advice.

Following discussions with the EFL the decision was made to postpone the games with Dons and Charlton over the Easter weekend.

Liam Scully, Chief Executive of Lincoln City, told BBC Radio Lincolnshire: “There is no doubt that members of our team are hurting right now. They’re not very well. They’re not in a great place and that concerns us greatly.

“Further positive cases in the meantime could have an impact on that timeline, but ultimately it’s my job and the medical team’s job over the next 24/48 hours to just work through that timeline.”