Having only discovered that 10 of their squad had tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, Goias’ match with Sao Paulo was called off.
The tests carried out on Thursday were ruled invalid by the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) because of their “incorrect packaging,” the club said.
After receiving the results of a new round of tests carried out on Friday less than 24 hours before kick-off, Goias requested that the match be suspended.
The players took to the pitch to warm up as it was not known if the game would go ahead, but a decision was made just before the kick-off set at 4:00 p.m. local time (19:00 GMT).
CBF Medical Commission Chairman Jorge Pagura told SporTV: “As soon as it was clear that the results had come out, that Goias had 10 players with a positive test, we started to contact the medical service of Goias.
“Goias asked, as is his right, to do a retest. We were waiting for the results.
“In order not to lose the match, we waited as long as possible. Almost the time to make the decision came with the result of the 10 positives. At this point, health comes first. “
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Goias’ retest results were only received 10 minutes before kick-off and nine from the original group of 10 were positive again, club president Marcelo Almeida told a press conference .
Sao Paulo approved the decision not to continue the game.
“Sao Paulo expresses its support and informs that it agrees with the decision to postpone the match this Sunday, in Goiania”, posted the club on Twitter.
“There is nothing more important right now than maintaining health and reflecting to society the importance of caring. ”
Brazil has recorded more than three million confirmed cases of the coronavirus and more than 100,000 deaths from the virus.