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Brazil’s biggest football derby called off after 14 players test positive for COVID-19

Last updated 24 days ago | By Reuters

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Authorities cancelled one of southern Brazil’s biggest footballing derbies less than 24 hours before kick-off on Saturday after 14 members of one side tested positive for COVID-19.

The Santa Catarina state championship restarted on July 8 with four games, including Chapecoense’s 2-0 home win over Avai.

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The return match was due to kick off on Sunday at 4 p.m. but was cancelled on the orders of the state’s Health Secretariat.

“One of the teams had 14 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and it is necessary for all the players to follow the necessary protective measures,” it said in a statement.

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It did not say which side had produced 14 positive tests but globesporte.com, a Brazilian website, said it was Chapecoense. The club would not comment on the report.

Santa Catarina state has recorded 42,026 cases of the new coronavirus, with 485 deaths.

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So far, 71,469 people have died in Brazil, more than any other country outside the United States

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