Brentford's matches against Bristol City and Reading POSTPONED

Brentford’s next two Championship matches against Bristol City and Reading POSTPONED following coronavirus outbreak at the club

  • Brentford were due to play Dean Holden’s Bristol City on Wednesday evening 
  • They then faced a trip to take on Veljko Paunovic’s Reading on Saturday 
  • But they have been postponed by the EFL and the Bees’ training ground closed 
  • The news comes after Brentford boss Thomas Frank tested positive last week 

The EFL have confirmed Brentford’s next two Championship matches have been postponed due to a series of recent positive coronavirus tests at the club.

The announcement means the Bees’ fixtures against Bristol City on Wednesday as well as the trip to Reading on Saturday will have to be rescheduled for a later date.

An EFL statement read: ‘The club informed the EFL that it would be unable to fulfil the fixtures following recent positive Covid-19 tests 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.’

The EFL have postponed Brentford ‘s next two Championship matches due to recent positive coronavirus tests at the club


Matches against Dean Holden’s Bristol City and Veljko Paunovic’s Reading will have to be rescheduled

A statement on Brentford’s website read: ‘After a round of Covid-19 testing yesterday, Monday 11 January, Brentford FC reported positive tests to the EFL. 

‘The guidance from the EFL Medical Advisor was that we should close our training ground and carry out further rounds of testing. 

‘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.’

The news comes just a few days after Brentford boss Thomas Frank himself tested positive for the disease.

The news comes after Brentford boss Thomas Frank (centre) tested positive last week

Frank was one of two positive tests the club returned last week, with the manager now in self-isolation and therefore missed the club’s FA Cup third round victory against Middlesbrough.

B team head coach Neil MacFarlane took charge of the game in the absence of Frank, whose positive test came just two days after Brentford’s 2-0 defeat against Tottenham in the Carabao Cup semi-finals. 

Brentford said that due to medical confidentiality they would not give any further details about the second positive test that emerged alongside Frank’s.

The Bees currently sit fourth in the Championship table, six points behind leaders Norwich but with one game in hand already. 

His positive test meant B team coach Neil MacFarlane took charge against Middlesbrough




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