FAI to investigate second potential false positive test
The player – who cannot be named at this time – first received a positive result from the UEFA testers on Monday morning in the latest round of UEFA testing for COVID-19 ahead of the Nations League game against Finland in Helsinki on Wednesday.
The FAI medical team then organised a second test for the player which returned a negative result this afternoon.
The player will now be retested as soon as possible before the team’s flight to Finland on Tuesday morning. The HSE and UEFA have been informed of this result.
This latest issue follows confirmation by the HSE on Sunday that an FAI staff employee who was tested positive in a UEFA test in Bratislava last Wednesday - a test later deemed to be a ‘false positive’ result - is now COVID-19 free.
Interim CEO of the FAI Gary Owens said: “This negative result following a positive has been reported to UEFA and the HSE and we are in communication with both UEFA and the HSE regarding the player’s availability for the Finland game.”