Arsenal pulls out of Florida Cup due to COVID-19 cases

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Arsenal will not participate in the Florida Cup after several members of the team staff tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of their flight to the United States.

The Premier League powerhouse was slated to compete against Inter Milan in the opening round of the tournament, which also includes Everton and Colombian side Millonarios.

Arsenal didn’t specify how many members of the club tested positive or whether any players were included in that group. However, the club confirmed in a statement that none of the individuals who tested positive have displayed symptoms of COVID-19 at this time.

“This difficult decision is based on ensuring the health and wellbeing of our players and staff,” the club said in a statement “We fully understand what a disappointment this is for our supporters in America who were looking forward to seeing us compete in the Florida Cup as part of our pre-season build up. Our apologies also go to the organisers of the Florida Cup who had done a fantastic job making the preparations and our partners who had arranged events around our participation in the competition.”

The Florida Cup is set to begin with a knockout round on July 25 at Camping World Stadium, with third place and final matches taking place on July 28.

Tournament organizers have not announced if there will be a replacement club to compete against Inter Milan.

“We are disappointed that Arsenal have decided not to participate in the 2021 Florida Cup,” a tournament official said in a statement. “We wish the members of the Arsenal traveling party who tested positive for COVID-19 a speedy recovery as we continue making final preparations for the event. We will be in communication with fans who purchased tickets to see Arsenal in Orlando regarding their options.”

Tickets are available on the Florida Cup website and Ticketmaster.

This article first appeared on OrlandoSentinel.com. Email Julia Poe at jpoe@orlandosentinel.com.

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