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AZ Alkmaar hit by 13 positive Covid-19 cases … but Europa League clash at Napoli WILL continue

AZ Alkmaar startled by coronavirus while THIRTEEN players test positive … but Thursday’s Europa League confrontation with Napoli will STILL continue despite the exhausted team of Orange

  • AZ Alkmaar flies to Napoli on Wednesday in the run-up to the Europa League clash
  • The Dutch side announced that 13 players have been tested positive for corona virus
  • It leaves them with only 17 available players in their squad for Thursday’s trip
  • The match in Group F will continue unless local health authorities prohibit it

AZ Alkmaar has been hit by 13 positive coronavirus cases, but their Europa League clash with Napoli on Thursday continues as planned.

The Dutch side had already confirmed that eight players would not be available for the trip to Napoli after testing positive for Covid-19, and it was announced on Tuesday afternoon that an additional five players in their squad had been diagnosed with the virus.

The players who have returned positive tests have not yet been announced, but will be revealed when AZ makes the trip across Europe to Italy on Wednesday to kick-start their Europe League campaign.

AZ Alkmaar, which last played three days ago, has announced 13 positive corona virus cases

AZ Alkmaar, which last played three days ago, has announced 13 positive corona virus cases

Due to the positive cases, boss Arne Slot only has 17 players left for Thursday's trip to Napoli

Due to the positive cases, boss Arne Slot only has 17 players left for Thursday's trip to Napoli

Due to the positive cases, boss Arne Slot only has 17 players left for Thursday’s trip to Napoli

Due to the positive cases, boss Arne Slot only has 17 available players to choose from.

Despite the high number of infections, AZ insisted that their opening Group F game with Napoli still be played, although local authorities could ban the game.

A statement released by the club on Tuesday read: ‘AZ has carefully followed the applicable procedures in recent months. Most of the positively tested players show no symptoms.

‘Because infections were detected during the selection, AZ intervened preventively and carried out additional tests, so that the cases now demonstrated could be traced.

Last week, nine people tested positive, three of them have now tested negative.

AZ plays against Napoli. This match will continue, according to UEFA, unless the local authorities prohibit it. ‘

As things stand, Napoli (above) will still play against AZ Alkmaaer unless local authorities intervene

As things stand, Napoli (above) will still play against AZ Alkmaaer unless local authorities intervene

As things stand, Napoli (above) will still play against AZ Alkmaaer unless local authorities intervene

Earlier this month, health authorities in Naples – known as ASL – prevented the Serie A club from traveling to Turin to meet Juventus due to a Covid-19 spike.

Napoli was deducted by one point and had to forfeit the game, giving Juventus a 3-0 win after failing to make it to the game.

However, the Serie A giants have appealed to the High Court of Sports Justice, and reports in Italy claim they are optimistic about reversing the Italian Football Association’s decision and replaying the game against Juventus at a later date.

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