Brentford’s Championship fixtures against Bristol City and Reading postponed


Brentford’s next two Championship games have been postponed after the club reported a number of coronavirus cases in the latest round of testing.

The Bees were set to take on Bristol City on Wednesday and Reading on Saturday, but both games will now be rescheduled, the club said.

“After a round of Covid-19 testing yesterday, Monday 11 January, Brentford FC reported positive tests to the EFL,” read a Brentford statement released on Tuesday. 

“The guidance from the EFL Medical Advisor was that we should close our Training Ground and carry out further rounds of testing. 

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“We informed the EFL that we would be unable to fulfil the fixtures following the tests, the closure of the Training Ground and the requirement for players and staff to self-isolate as per EFL and Government guidance in order to mitigate against the risk of further infection.

“Brentford FC confirmed that Head Coach Thomas Frank returned a positive Covid-19 test last week. Due to medical confidentiality, we will make no further comment on the positive tests.

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“The circumstances surrounding the postponements will now be the subject of an investigation in accordance with EFL Regulations. Revised dates for the rearranged fixtures will be confirmed in due course.”

Brentford this month reached the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup for the first time in their history, defeating four Premier League clubs en route to their loss against Tottenham, who will take on holders Manchester City in April’s final.

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