Brazil: a player replaced at half-time of a match after a positive Covid test

Immediate effect. Valdivia, a midfielder for the Avai club, was substituted at half-time in a Brazilian second division game on Saturday night, after being told he tested positive for Covid-19.

A delegate from the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) informed the club “in the stadium” that the test carried out on Valdivia before the game had been “positive”, which led Avai to replace him at the break, the team said. training.

“He is asymptomatic”, and “now the club is considering how to organize his isolation and his return” in Florianopolis, capital of the state of Santa Catarina (south), where Avai is based, we have added.

Valdivia, 26, had obtained a negative result in a test carried out 72 hours before this match played against the CSA in the Rei Pelé stadium in Maceio (eastern Brazil). A new test was carried out on Saturday morning, with a view to the next match (scheduled for Tuesday in Florianopolis against Juventude), with therefore an opposite result.

” It’s very strange “

The health protocol of the CBF imposes tests 72 hours before each match. The president of Avai, Francisco José Battistotti, assured that he was evaluating the possibility of claiming the cancellation of the meeting, concluded in a 1-1 draw, because he considers that there has been “external interference” in the disclosure of results in the middle of a match.

He claimed that a CSA official was the owner of the lab that performed Saturday’s test, and that by bringing the results at half-time, he would have sought a sporting advantage for his club. “It’s very strange,” he told the GloboEsporte site.

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Brazil, which is with 209,000 deaths the second country most bereaved by the pandemic behind the United States, has seen an upsurge in infections and deaths since November, worsened by the holiday season.

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