The Australia coach, Graham Arnold, has apologized for violating the sanitary isolation rules in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, after he exercised on a Sydney beach, and the Australian Football Association imposed a heavy fine on him for “Miscalculate the situation.”
And tests revealed that Arnold was infected with Corona, after he underwent a test on Thursday.
People with corona in the state of New South Wales, of which Sydney is the capital, must self-isolate for at least seven days. They can only come out of self-isolation in an emergency or to receive medical treatment and supplies.
“I deeply apologize for the misjudgment of the situation on Sunday,” Arnold said in a statement.
“I should not have left my home under NSW self-isolation protocols and will remain at home until the end of the quarantine period. I accept the penalties imposed on me for this mistake.”
“The board of directors will impose a fine of A$25,000 ($18,480) on Arnold, which will be donated to a Red Cross relief fund,” said FFA Executive Director James Johnson.
“Graham has been engaged during the coronavirus pandemic, but this time he made a miscalculation, which is clearly disappointing,” Johnson said.
“We are trying to act as quickly as possible on this matter today and are imposing a heavy fine, underscoring how important it is that our representatives adhere to government protocols.”
Earlier on Monday, local media reported that Arnold took his dog for a walk on Sunday in violation of regulations. The Australian team will face their Japanese counterpart in Sydney next Thursday before taking on the Saudi team in Jeddah on March 29, needing to win both games to secure automatic qualification for the world final to be held in Qatar.
And before the last two rounds, Saudi Arabia leads the classification of the second Asian group with 19 points, followed by Japan with 18 points and Australia, which has 15 points.