Manchester United boss Casey Stoney has stated she is “sincerely sorry” for giving her gamers permission to journey to Dubai over the festive interval.
The apology got here as her aspect’s Women’s Super League sport at Everton on Sunday was postponed due to Covid-19 circumstances and accidents within the hosts’ camp.
Stoney, whose aspect have been lined by tier three guidelines on the time, stated the break was inside authorities tips.
But she added: “On reflection, it was a poor error of judgement from me.”
Stoney confirmed that a minimum of one in every of her gamers had been to Dubai, the vacation spot visited by different WSL gamers, together with from Manchester City and Arsenal – whose matches this weekend have been referred to as off due to constructive coronavirus assessments.
“We felt we were making an informed decision. On reflection, it wasn’t a good decision and I’ll admit that,” she stated.
There have been no Covid-19 circumstances reported in United’s squad.
Everton issued an announcement on Friday confirming 5 of their gamers had contracted the virus between Christmas and New Year.
It added: “While those players returned to training this week – and the rest of Willie Kirk’s squad tested negative – club medical staff confirmed this morning the five players are unable to be passed fit to play this weekend.
“With 5 ladies’s gamers additionally out injured, one other member of the squad was confirmed to have suffered a stress fracture following a scan this morning, leaving Everton Women with solely 13 gamers accessible for the sport towards Manchester United.”
Saturday’s matches between Arsenal and Aston Villa and Manchester City against West Ham had already been called off because of Covid-19 cases.
New dates for the matches are yet to be announced.
On Saturday, injury-hit Birmingham City pulled out of Sunday’s fixture at Tottenham due to a scarcity of accessible gamers.
Arsenal requested a postponement after a player tested positive for Covid-19 on her return from Dubai.
Manchester City reported 4 gamers, who had also visited the United Arab Emirates, had tested positive earlier this week.
In a statement earlier in the week, the Football Association said both City and Arsenal had shown they would be unable to name a minimum of 14 players for their fixtures.
“With the well being of gamers and workers the precedence, the FA has determined that these matches will now be rescheduled,” the statement said. “We want these with Covid-19 a secure and speedy restoration.”
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