The US state is experiencing a huge increase in new business, which causes the two clubs to cancel their pre-season plans at the last minute
Inter have joined Arsenal to withdraw from the Florida Cup due to concerns over the current state of the coronavirus pandemic.
The two parties were expected to clash in the pre-season tournament in the United States at Orlando’s Camping World Stadium on July 25, but members of the Gunners travel company tested positive for Covid-19 and the Nerazzurri are now out of the competition as a precaution.
No team will travel across the Atlantic and will have to seek new friendly opposition ahead of the upcoming 2021-22 campaign.
What was said?
“FC Internazionale Milano announce that they will not be traveling to the US for the Florida Cup due to the current risks associated with international travel due to the spread of the pandemic, risks that Arsenal FC have already withdrawn from participation,” announced the Nerazzurri in a statement published on their official website on Wednesday .
“After a small number of positive Covid tests among the planned party to travel to America tomorrow, we are unfortunately forced to withdraw from the Florida Cup,” the club wrote in a statement late Tuesday night, “the statement read. of the Gunners.
‘This difficult decision is based on the health and well-being of our players and staff.
‘We fully understand what a disappointment it is for our fans in America who were looking forward to participating in the Florida Cup as part of our preseason build-up.
‘We also apologize to the organizers of the Florida Cup who did a fantastic job and our partners who had the opportunity to arrange our participation in the competition.
“We are pleased to say that the staff members are not currently showing any Covid symptoms. They are now at home in isolation.”
The bigger picture
Inter and Arsenal’s decision comes amid a significant increase in cases in the United States, with Florida among the regions worst affected.
Powered by the Covid Delta variant, the state reported more than 45,000 positive people in the week ended July 15, double the number of the previous seven days.
This means that Florida has the largest number of infections in the entire country, with one in five new cases occurring nationally in the state.