Adam Idah is excluded from the Euro 2020 qualifiers for the Republic of Ireland.  Photo: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images Ltd.

Adam Idah is excluded from the Euro 2020 qualifiers for the Republic of Ireland. Photo: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

Paul Chesterton

Ireland coach Stephen Kenny confirmed that Norwich City striker Adam Idah is “ absolutely fine ” after the young player was excluded from his country’s national team’s defeat in the Euro 2020 qualifiers on penalties in Slovakia, after he had been in close contact with a member of the team who had tested positive. Towards him. Corona Virus.

Aaron Connolly, Aydah and Brighton striker, did not travel to the stadium to exit the playoff game on Thursday as a precaution after a second member of the Republic’s backroom crew tested positive.

President Stephen Kenny provided an additional update after the defeat and appeared to indicate that Idah would not need to isolate himself upon his return to the UK, which would have ruled him out of the upcoming Canary Championship match against Rotherham on 17 October.

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“We have different rules in Ireland than in the United Kingdom,” said Kenny. “Tougher in that it would be seen as close contacts with a member of our team other than football. It’s very difficult to rule out. They are totally fine, and there is nothing wrong with them, but the two meter rule in Ireland is there. In the UK they were absolutely entitled to play.”

We had to adhere to the medical advice. We learned earlier and there was an appeal and we appealed it based on 1.7 meters compared to 2 meters, which is the distance they were at. That was not enough. This is the way things are. But the two men feel fine.

“No other player was affected. We have no problems in the camp. It was a problem with an employee other than a football player.”

And FIFA had issued a brief statement before the confrontation, stating: “The Irish Football Association can confirm that a second member of the international men’s first team team has tested positive for the Coronavirus before the UEFA EURO 2020 semi-final match tonight. Final against Slovakia.

“The FAI employee tested negative in Dublin Tuesday morning but came back positive from a test in Bratislava on Wednesday. He is asymptomatic and feels fine.

“The COVID-19 protocols have been implemented and both UEFA and HSE have been informed of this development. UEFA has also confirmed that tonight’s match against Slovakia will not be affected by this development. Ireland’s team and crew will be tested, in accordance with UEFA protocols, in Dublin Friday .

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“The Football Association will not comment on any further comments before the Euro 2020 semi-final match against Slovakia,” he added.

On the field, the match ended without goals after extra time, but Alan Brown and Matt Doherty failed to switch from the penalty spot as Slovakia lined up in the final against Northern Ireland.

News followed about Idah and Connolly from Scottish duo Ryan Christie and Kieran Tierney who missed their country’s play-off match against Israel, after they were told they had to self-isolate for 14 days after teammate Stuart Armstrong tested positive for COVID-19 while on duty. International.

Both Christie and Turney returned with negative test results and insisted they adhere to social distancing guidelines – but now they face the absence of major matches for club and country.

Arsenal full-back Terni is now excluded from the Arsenal encounter with Manchester City on the other side of the current international break.