Six South Korea players and a member of the team’s staff tested positive for the new coronavirus before the team’s 3-2 defeat by Mexico in an international football friendly on Saturday, casting doubts over its clash with Qatar on Tuesday.

Yonhap news agency reported that South Korea was initially informed of four players and one staff member testing positive around 20 hours before it began its first international match of the year in Wiener Neustadt, Austria.

A retest of players who tested negative returned two more positives and the match was played only after discussions with the Mexican Football Federation and the Austrian Football Association.

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The Korea Football Association said in a statement that a game could go ahead as long as a team has 13 healthy players with at least one goalkeeper, Yonhap

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