March 5, 2020 / 4:58 PM / 23 days ago

Players in isolation after hugging coronavirus-infected former Denmark international

FILE PHOTO: Denmark's Thomas Kahlenberg (L) reacts after his effort go off target during the 2010 World Cup Group E soccer match against Japan at Royal Bafokeng stadium in Rustenburg June 24, 2010. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/File Photo

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Players from Danish Super League clubs Brondby and Lyngby are in isolation after they met and hugged former Denmark international Thomas Kahlenberg, who has since tested positive for coronavirus, at a match last weekend.

Kahlenberg, who played 47 matches for Denmark between 2003 and 2014 and also played for clubs Auxerre and VfL Wolfsburg before retiring in 2017, tested positive on Thursday and has been in quarantine, Brondby said in a statement.

Kahlenberg, who played for Denmark at the 2010 World Cup, was infected during a visit to Amsterdam, it said.

Brondby, who beat Lyngby 1-0 last Sunday, said 13 employees had been put in isolation, including the general manager Ole Palma, defender Joel Kabongo and assistant coach Martin Retov.

Lyngby said three players, who were in physical contact with Kahlenberg on Sunday, had been put in isolation.

Both teams have league games this weekend. The Danish FA said that for now all matches will go ahead as planned this coming weekend, but that it is monitoring the situation.

The clubs said they are working with the Danish Patient Authority to track down players, fans and members of staff who were in contact with Kahlenberg during Sunday’s match.

Reporting by Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen; Editing by Toby Davis

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