Philippine Football League (PFL) rescheduled its kickoff to a few days later as players and coaches tested positive for coronavirus.

/ 26 October 2020

five players and one coach tested positive for COVID19 in the RT-PCR testing conducted last October 21 prior to their entry to the bubble in Seda Nuvali in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

Further tests were conducted among the persons who came in close contact with the first five cases last Saturday and returned with an additional three more positive cases.

As per health protocols, they will be isolated and quarantined for 14 days.

“We have anticipated this scenario hence there is a set of health and safety protocols in place for incidents such as this. What is important is that all continue to adhere with the protocols which are aimed to prevent or minimize the spread of the virus,” PFL Commissioner Coco Torre said.

Moreover, the league is taking measures with the inclement weather brought by Tropical Depression Quinta that is expected to disrupt the opening games on Sunday.

“We put emphasis on the safety of each and every individual in the bubble, whether player, staff, or match official,” said PFF General Secretary Atty. Edwin Gastanes.

“We understand the current situation and with participants’ strict compliance with bubble-specific protocols, we hope to push through with kickoff in a few days,” he added.