News Singapore Premier League • September 14, 2021
SPL statement on Geylang International COVID-19 Case
SINGAPORE, 14 SEPTEMBER 2021 – The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) was informed late last night that a member of Geylang International FC (GIFC)‘s playing squad has tested positive following a COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. The GIFC player has been placed in a Quarantine Facility, in accordance with prevailing government guidelines.
The positive result was first detected during the mandatory weekly pooled swab tests that all Singapore Premier League (SPL) players and club officials have to undergo. The weekly testing regime was established to allow early detection of suspected positive cases, so as to ensure the necessary protocols can be deployed proactively, thus safeguarding the health and safety of all other players and officials of the League.
The entire GIFC squad has since been self-isolating and their training sessions have been suspended. In addition, the remaining GIFC players and team officials will undergo Fast & Easy Testing (FET) every two days, ending on Saturday 18 September, upon which they will undergo another PCR test. As a result, GIFC’s next SPL match fixture – against Balestier Khalsa FC on 19 September – will be rescheduled to a later date.
Albirex Niigata (Singapore) FC, having played GIFC last, have had all of their pooled test results return negative. However, the squad will still undergo FET today and once again on Thursday, as a precautionary measure. Similarly, all match officials involved in the game between GIFC and Albirex will undergo at least two rounds of FET as well. Albirex’s next match against the Lion City Sailors FC on Friday, as of today, will proceed as scheduled.
The FAS had also worked with the respective venue operators at Our Tampines Hub, Jurong East Stadium, and Jalan Besar Stadium, where the necessary deep cleaning protocols for their facilities have commenced since last night.
The FAS will continue to work closely with the relevant agencies on the necessary follow-up actions to ensure the health and safety of the GIFC players and officials, as well as those from the participating Singapore Premier League clubs, are prioritised.