Football Australia today have acknowledged reports today from 2GB’s Ray Hadley that Socceroos Head Coach Graham Arnold breached self-isolation rules after testing positive for COVID-19 on Thursday.
Arnold released a statement, apologising for his error:
“I sincerely apologise for my error of judgement on Sunday,” he said.
“I accept that I should not have left my home as per the New South Wales self-isolation protocols and will remain at my property until my self-isolation window concludes. I also accept the sanctions that come because of this error.”
FA CEO James Johnson, James Johnson has imposed a $25,000 fine on the Arnold, which will be donated to the Red Cross Flood Relief Fund.
“Graham has been diligent throughout COVID however on this occasion he has made an error of judgement, which is clearly disappointing,” Johnson said. “We have sought to act as swiftly as possible on this matter today and have imposed a significant fine, which underscores how importantly we value our representatives abiding by Government protocols,” Johnson said.
Arnold will have to return a negative test on Thursday to join up with the Socceroos camp for the games against Japan and Saudi Arabia.