South Korea

Coronavirus-infected nat'l football players to return home from Austria on chartered flight

SEOUL, Nov. 17 (Yonhap) -- Members of the South Korean national football team infected with the novel coronavirus will return home from Austria on a chartered flight, the sport's governing body said Tuesday.

Six players and two staff members on the national team tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend while in Austria for international friendlies against Mexico and Qatar.

The remaining players, two staffers and team medical officials will be flown back on a chartered flight, the Korea Football Association (KFA) said Tuesday.

One exception will be Tottenham Hotspur star Son Heung-min, who will board a team charter at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Austria time to return to London.

Two Qatar Stars League players, Jung Woo-young and Nam Tae-hee of Al Sadd, will also fly directly back to the Middle Eastern nation.

The remaining players and coaches will fly commercial back to South Korea and land here on Thursday.

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