Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis has coronavirus

Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis has coronavirus

Nottingham Forest and Olympiakos owner Evangelos Marinakis has tested positive for coronavirus.

Marinakis, 52, was at the City Ground for Forest’s Championship fixture against Millwall on Friday.

Olympiakos are due to host Wolves in the Europa League on Thursday, although the BBC understands Wolves have asked for the game to be postponed.

“Mr Marinakis was diagnosed after showing the first symptoms on his return to Greece,”said Forest.

“During his stay in Nottingham he did not show any symptoms of the virus.

“The club are seeking advice from medical professionals and the relevant governing bodies to ensure the correct measures are taken.”

Marinakis had earlier revealed he had been diagnosed with coronavirus on social media platform Instagram.

“The recent virus has ‘visited’ me and I felt obliged to let the public know,” he said. “I feel good as I take all the necessary measures and I discipline to the doctor’s instructions.”

It was confirmed on Monday that Wolves’ last-16 first-leg match at Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium was to be played behind closed doors because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The Premier League club had sold 1,000 tickets for the fixture, with full ticket refunds currently being processed.

The Greek government announced on Sunday that all professional sports events for the next two weeks will be played without spectators, although Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has said that events in Britain are unlikely to be affected by coronavirus in the immediate future.

Forest, who are fifth in the Championship table and scheduled to play Sheffield Wednesday in their next league game on Saturday, have been in contact with the English Football League.

Millwall, who won Friday’s game in Nottingham 3-0, are due to host Derby County.

Courtesy BBC