Arsenal women are currently pushing for their match on Saturday against Aston Villa to be moved to a later date after one of their players returned a positive covid-19 test. The player in question is said to have been in Dubai over the winter break with two of their colleagues joining them on the get-away.
The London club haven’t revealed who made the trip away resulting in coronavirus, but we do know that Irish left-back Katie McCabe is one of them. McCabe had no shame in flaunting her lavish holiday to Dubai, posting photos on Instagram of her and her partner Leicester City midfielder Ruesha Littlejohn, and her extended family and friends. Sources have said that the fellow Arsenal team-mates who didn’t travel during Christmas are ‘furious’ at those who did, putting them in danger of catching the virus and further resulting in those who came into contact with the positive player to isolate.
It comes after Manchester City women revealed they had four players from their current squad isolating after testing positive for the virus, after also making the same decision to fly to Dubai to catch some winter sun.
Both clubs and their staff have outlaid the facts that they were “business” trips rather than holidays, and that the players have been dealt with internally.
Although the clubs have stated that the players have been dealt with accordingly, it didn’t stop fans taking to Twitter to share their opinions on the matter.
@Belindaaa_awfc said: “What really doesn’t sit right with me, is the WSL players that went to Dubai are either English or have family/partners all based in England with the, there was literally no urgent reason to go, other than selfish reasons.”
Commenting on a post by Arsenal Women stating “#WeAreTheArsenal” with a team photo, @MK_AWFC said: “This screams to me that the culprits who went to Dubai aren’t going to have any backlash from the club. They should be named and shamed and apologise to everyone. Also they deserve to be fined”.
As it stands nothing else has been said about the situation and the players accused are yet to make any statements.