SYDNEY (AP) – Soccero’s head coach Graham Arnold has been fined $ 25,000 ($ 18,500) for taking a walk on a Sydney beach while self-isolating after testing positive for COVID-19.
Football Australia issued a statement on Monday confirming that Arnold had broken New South Wales COVID-19 isolation protocols after a Sydney radio station reported that the veteran manager had been out walking, unmasked, with his wife and dog in Narrabeen this weekend.
State rules prescribe a seven-day period of isolation after a positive test. In the FA statement, Arnold apologized for his “misjudgment”.
“I accept that I should not have left my home under New South Wales self-isolation protocols and will remain on my property until my self-isolation window closes,” Arnold said. “I also accept the sanctions that come because of this error.”
Arnold tested positive for coronavirus last Thursday, but has taken subsequent tests that have returned negative. He still needs to return a negative result at the end of his isolation period to be allowed to rejoin the Socceroos ahead of Thursday’s crucial World Cup qualifier against Japan.
Football Australia CEO James Johnson said the money from the fine would be donated to the Red Cross.
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