LISBON, Portugal (AP) – The Danish women’s national football team has withdrawn from the Algarve Cup in Portugal due to an outbreak of COVID-19 in its squad.
The team’s match against Sweden, scheduled for Friday, was canceled.
The Danish Football Association states that three members of the team, including coach Lars Søndergaard, have tested positive for coronavirus.
The association said after talks with organizers Thursday that it decided to withdraw from the tournament “to protect the health of both players and staff.”
Team doctor Jens Olesen said that “because the vast majority of the squad had not been infected with omicron before the gathering, there is a great risk that the infection will spread further if we do not withdraw from the tournament now.”
The association said that the team returned to Denmark with a chartered plane on Friday.
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