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Nottingham Forest and Olympiacos owner Evangelos Marinakis says he has coronavirus

The Greek businessman announced on social media he is recovering from COVID-19

Jack Rathborn
Tuesday 10 March 2020 12:42 GMT
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Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis has announced has coronavirus.

Marinakis is understood to have met the team last Friday after the 3-0 loss to Millwall.

The EFL are understood to be in talks with the Championship club concerning their owner and the appropriate action to take next, with Forest schedule to face Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.

The Greek businessman, who also owns Olympiacos, who will face Wolves behind closed doors in the Europa League on Thursday due to the virus, confirmed he is recovering in a statement.

The 52-year-old said: “The recent virus has ‘visited’ me and I felt obliged to let the public know.​

Evangelos Marinakis confirmed he has coronavirus on social media (Getty)

“I feel good as I take all the necessary measures and I (adhere) to the doctors’ instructions.

“I strongly advise all my fellow citizens to do the same. I wish all a quick recovery.”

Marinakis attended the Emirates on 27 February as Olympiacos defeated Arsenal after extra-time with the Gunners insisting they're following all the government guidelines.

"Our home match with Olympiacos in the Europa League was played on Thursday 27th February and none of our staff who came into contact with him on that match day have reported any symptoms since," the Gunners told football.london.

"We continue to follow strict protocols with regard to coronavirus. We're following the Government health guidelines and have additional procedures in place to protect our players and staff. This has included regular deep cleaning of areas used by players at Emirates Stadium and our training centre."

The shipping magnate was also present at the City Ground against Millwall last Friday.

Marinakis will not be able to attend matches for two weeks due to the government’s advice to self-isolate for at least two weeks.

The next possible game the Forest owner could attend is the away trip to Derby on 4 April.

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