Footy star Conor McKenna is seen spitting and spraying snot during training with his teammates just a DAY before testing positive for COVID-19 – forcing the AFL to postpone match against Melbourne
- Essendon Football Club’s Conor McKenna tested positive for the coronavirus
- The Bombers’ game against Melbourne on Sunday has now been postponed
- Footage has emerged of the player spitting and spraying snot during training
- The team has been asked to self-isolate until they are all tested again on Tuesday
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AFL player Conor McKenna has been caught spitting and spraying snot during a close contact training session with his teammates a day before he tested positive for COVID-19.
The Essendon player returned to Melbourne from Ireland and spent 14 days in quarantine where he tested negative for the deadly virus five times before returning a positive result on Saturday.
Just a day earlier he was seen spitting and blowing snot while his teammates stood close by during a training session.
The coronavirus can be passed on from person to person, usually after close contact with an infected patient.
AFL player Conor McKenna has been spotted spraying snot during a training session with his teammates
Despite being asymptomatic, McKenna’s teammates and coach have been told to self-isolate until they could be retested on Tuesday.
It is believed McKenna contracted the virus in Australia and did not break any of the protocols put in place by the AFL, Seven News reported.
McKenna planned to make a return for the Bombers at a game against Melbourne at the MCG on Sunday but it has been postponed until all team players have been tested.
AFL boss Gillon McLachlan reassured fans that all others will proceed.
Mr McLachlan confirmed McKenna had tested positive during a press conference on Saturday.
‘Essendon player Conor McKenna returned a low grade irregularity yesterday after being yesterday tested as part of our COVID-19 protocols,’ Mr McLachlan said.
Mr McLachlan said McKenna was tested again on Saturday morning and the AFL was informed about his positive result later in the afternoon.
‘The health department has been notified as per the protocols an we will be working with the health department and the Chief Health Officer’s team to work through and identify the close contact with Conor and to also isolate them,’ he said.
McKenna was also spotted spitting during the training session before he tested positive for COVID-19
AFL boss Gillon McLachlan (pictured) confirmed McKenna had tested positive during a press conference on Saturday
Mr McLachlan said his first priority was to cancel the upcoming match following a meeting with their medical team and infectious disease advisor.
‘We said at the outset of this crisis that we would make all decisions based on medical advice and our priority is and remains the health and safety of our players, staff and the wider community,’ he said.
Mr McLachlan had previously said that if any player tested positive, the season would be automatically shut down.
This policy was revised before the start of Round 2 as the AFL was confident they could keep the season going with stronger protocols in place.
Essendon Football Club’s Conor McKenna has tested positive for the coronavirus. He recently returned to Australia from Ireland