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One additional nat'l football team staffer tests positive for COVID-19

All News 13:35 November 24, 2020

By Yoo Jee-ho

SEOUL, Nov. 24 (Yonhap) -- The South Korean men's national football team reported an additional positive coronavirus test from a staff member Tuesday, while a goalkeeper who was previously infected has since tested negative.

In the Nov. 16, 2020, photo provided by the Korea Football Association, South Korean men's national football team players train at BSFZ-Arena at Maria Enzersdorf-Sudstadt in Maria Enzersdorf, Austria. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

The Korea Football Association (KFA) said a fourth team staff member has tested positive for COVID-19 while in Austria for a pair of friendly matches earlier this month.

During the November trip, seven players were also infected: Lee Dong-jun and Kim Moon-hwan of Busan IPark, Kwon Chang-hoon of SC Freiburg, Na Sang-ho of Seongnam FC, Hwang In-beom of FC Rubin Kazan, Hwang Hee-chan of RB Leipzig and Jo Hyeon-woo of Ulsan Hyundai FC.

Of the seven, Kwon and Hwang Hee-chan have returned to Germany, and the others are being quarantined in Vienna. Jo, the No. 1 goalkeeper, received a negative result in his latest test conducted Monday night.

Hwang In-beom, though, tested positive again. The KFA said Hwang's Russian club has asked for the midfielder to be back in Russia, rather than in South Korea, and his destination will be determined after another test later Tuesday.

The rest of the infected players and staff members, as well as other team officials who stayed back in Vienna to take care of them, will be flown home on a chartered flight Thursday morning.

Jo's Ulsan are playing in the Asian Football Confederation Champions League in a Qatar bubble this month. Jo will not join them right away and will instead be quarantined in South Korea.

Other national team players and officials who arrived back earlier have all tested negative for COVID-19, the KFA said.

In the Nov. 11, 2020, photo provided by the Korea Football Association, South Korean goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-woo trains with the men's national football team at BSFZ-Arena at Maria Enzersdorf-Sudstadt in Maria Enzersdorf, Austria. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

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