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Diss Town match goes ahead following coronavirus concerns

PUBLISHED: 16:06 02 September 2020 | UPDATED: 16:06 02 September 2020

Diss Town played an FA Cup tie following a coronavirus scare. Pictured is action from a previous match against Harleston. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Diss Town played an FA Cup tie following a coronavirus scare. Pictured is action from a previous match against Harleston. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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A non-league club opted to play its latest FA Cup match despite a player from a recent opponent testing positive for coronavirus.

Steve Flatman, chairman of Diss Town Football Club, says it was safe to play their FA Cup preliminary tie despite a coronavirus scare. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYSteve Flatman, chairman of Diss Town Football Club, says it was safe to play their FA Cup preliminary tie despite a coronavirus scare. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Diss Town beat Framlingham Town 1-0 in a preliminary tie on Tuesday night, but the game had looked in doubt after Walsham-le-Willows - who Diss faced a week prior - pulled out of their own cup match after a positive test.

The Suffolk side added that he was not showing any symptoms, but had recently returned from a holiday in Zante.

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Neither Walsham-le-Willows nor Diss Town were directed not to play by the FA or Public Health officials, and Steve Flatman - Diss Town chairman - insisted it had been safe.

“We can’t test all our players but we take their temperatures,” said Mr Flatman. “Some players took tests and they came back negative.

“The players don’t use dressing rooms, teams are based in different stands and we sanitise everything.

“At the end of the day, we did as much as we could for the safety of our players.”


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