Arsenal, an English Premier League soccer club, was forced to abandon its preseason tour in the United States because to many positive COVID-19 cases among its players.
Arsenal was supposed to fly to the United States this week to compete in the Florida Cup alongside Everton, Internazionale of Serie A, and Millonarios of Colombia.
“Following a small number of positive COVID tests among the planned party to travel to America [Wednesday], we have sadly been forced to withdraw from the Florida Cup,” Arsenal said in a statement Tuesday. “This difficult decision is based on ensuring the health and wellbeing of our players and staff.”
Following a small number of positive COVID tests among the planned party to travel to America tomorrow, we have sadly been forced to withdraw from the Florida Cup.
This difficult decision is based on ensuring the health and wellbeing of our players and staff.
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) July 20, 2021
Arsenal was scheduled to play Internazionale on Sunday before potentially facing the winner of the Everton-Millonarios game on July 28.
“We are disappointed that Arsenal [has] decided not to participate in the 2021 Florida Cup,” tournament organizers said in a news release. “We wish the members of the Arsenal traveling party who tested positive for COVID-19 a speedy recovery as we continue making final preparations for the event.
“We will be in communication with fans who purchased tickets to see Arsenal in Orlando regarding their options.”
Arsenal finished eighth in the Premier League last season. They are set to begin their 2021-22 campaign at Brentford on Aug. 13.