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V. League 2021 suspended after players' indirect contact with suspected Covid case

By Lam Thoa   May 6, 2021 | 04:55 am PT
V. League 2021 suspended after players' indirect contact with suspected Covid case
A player at the Song Lam Nghe An (yellow) plays in a V. League 2021 football match. Photo courtesy of the Vietnam Professional Football JSC (VPF).
Round 13 of V. League 2021 has been suspended after several players were found to have made indirect contact with a woman positive for the novel coronavirus.

It was revealed Thursday that several players of the Song Lam Nghe An (SLNA) club had come into contact with a man who had made contact with a woman, who has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, on a flight from Da Nang to Vinh, Nghe An's capital. The woman has not been confirmed a Covid-19 patient yet, pending further test results.

The Vietnam Professional Football JSC (VPF) then suspended the Hanoi v. SLNA match that was to be played Friday afternoon.

Since all games of the round need to be conducted at the same time frame to ensure fairness, all the remaining six matches of Round 13 would be suspended as well, the VPF said.

Round 13, or the last round of the first leg of the top-flight V. League, is crucial as it will decide the top six and bottom eight. The top six teams from the first leg will compete for the title while the bottom eight will have to battle to avoid relegation.

A schedule for future matches is yet to be decided as the V. League would have to make room for the national football team to prepare for their World Cup 2022 qualifiers.

According to the HCMC Center for Disease Control (CDC), those who have made indirect contact with a coronavirus case through someone else would need to self-isolate at home until test results confirm their infection status.

Vietnam is currently experiencing its fourth Covid-19 outbreak. It has seen 64 community transmissions since last week in Hanoi, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City as well as provinces of Ha Nam, Vinh Phuc, Hung Yen, Quang Nam, Dong Nai, Hai Duong, and Yen Bai.

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