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West Brom issue a statement after reports suggested Charlie Austin tested positive for Coronavirus

West Brom issue a statement after reports suggested Charlie Austin tested positive for Coronavirus, something of which is untrue.

The Championship striker has urged people to take the coronavirus outbreak seriously after revealing he had symptoms of the disease.

“Before I started feeling the symptoms on Saturday I was on the phone to my wife Bianca’s mother and I said to her that I hoped if anyone in our family got it that it would be me,” he told the
Daily Telegraph.

“I felt like I was fit and healthy and I could handle it. A week later and I would say to anyone, even those in their 20s and 30s – ‘Don’t take it lightly – it’s serious’.

“I get that people who haven’t got it are going about their lives. Last week, I was living my life.

“Not that I didn’t take coronavirus seriously. But this is extremely serious and we should take it that way.”

Austin felt that football needed a high-profile name to catch the virus before it was taken seriously, adding: “It almost took someone high up to get it for the game to think, ‘Oh actually, we need to stop’.

“If (Arsenal head coach) Mikel Arteta hadn’t tested positive, we would have played those fixtures last weekend.

“I would rather we looked back in three or four months’ time and thought we were over-cautious than look back thinking that we could have done more.”

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WEST BROM STATEMENT:

Albion would like to clarify that striker Charlie Austin has NOT tested positive for COVID-19.

Charlie reported symptoms commonly associated with the coronavirus and on medical advice from the Club was told to stay away from training and “self-isolate” a week ago.

Contrary to reports this evening, Charlie was not tested for the virus and has subsequently made a full recovery.

The Club would like to confirm that no other players have required testing for coronavirus.

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