Covid-19 test that led to Connolly and Idah missing Ireland’s crucial Euro 2020 play-off a false positive

The Covid test that caused Aaron Connolly and Adam Idah to miss Thursday’s Euro 2020 play-off was in fact a false positive. 

The FAI employee who tested positive for the virus in Bratislava yesterday tested negative, having sought a private test upon return in Ireland.

Connolly and Idah were forced to miss the game as they were deemed close contacts of the travelling member of staff, as they sat less than two metres from him on the flight to Slovakia.

Connolly in particular would have played a crucial role in the game, and his loss was critical.

Ireland were ultimately knocked out, losing in a penalty shootout.