Oxford United’s Ligue 1 home game against Crewe Alexandra has been postponed after a visiting player tested positive for Covid-19.
Crewe player Ryan Wintle returned the test positive on Saturday morning, BBC Radio Stoke reports.
After consultations between clubs, match officials and the English Football League, the match was called off just 35 minutes before kick-off.
Crewe has not confirmed the identity of the player who tested positive.
No new date has been announced for the match, while doubts will also be cast on Crewe’s upcoming matches.
The Alexs are next to face Wigan Athletic at home on Saturday 10 October, before hosting Blackpool seven days later.
In a statement, the English Football League said: “Each case is judged on its individual merits and, due to the circumstances, the club have informed the EFL that they are unable to complete matches as players and staff of the first team are now required to self-isolate according to EFL and government guidelines. ”
‘The right decision has been made’
The postponement was the second EFL game this week to be called off due to Covid-19 – Grimsby’s game with Bradford was postponed on Monday after testing positive last week.
“Apparently Crewe knew about it pretty early this morning but hadn’t warned us which is the main bone of contention in this whole matter,” Oxford United captain John Mousinho told BBC Radio Oxford.
“The right decision was made because I know some of our players weren’t particularly comfortable going out and playing. “
After playing against Newcastle United’s Under-21 team on Tuesday in the EFL Trophy, Wintle went through a test privately as his opponents came from an area with a high infection rate, according to Crewe manager David Artell.
“We didn’t know he was taking a test he did it because he has a young baby and he just wanted to make sure his family is okay and he said it was such a big shock to him than any of us, ”he told BBC Radio Stoke.
“We will be tested tomorrow or Monday, whenever the test kits reach us, to determine the extent of the spread, if there is indeed a spread,” he added.
“We have followed all guidelines, all protocols, the one-way system, temperature controls, social distancing, hand washing, so we know we are protected from Covid, but the disease is highly contagious. “