Soccer-Swiss match called off after Basel player tests positive for COVID-19

BERN, Oct 18 (Reuters) - FC Basel’s Swiss league match away to arch-rivals FC Zurich was called off hours before kickoff on Sunday after one Basel player tested positive for COVID-19 and the entire squad was placed into quarantine.

FC Basel said in a statement that the player, who was not named, tested positive “despite always strictly adhering to the protective and hygiene measures”.

“After consulting the cantonal medical service, the entire first team, including the staff, is immediately quarantined because the player was participating in team training,” it added.

It said the length of quarantine had not been decided and added: “FC Basel 1893 regularly tests all players and staff members of the first team as well as other employees close to the team environment.” (Writing by Brian Homewood; Editing by Hugh Lawson)