Comment by J.LEAGUE Chairman Mitsuru Murai :
“Today, we received a report from Vissel Kobe that one of its players, Gotoku Sakai, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
It is reported that he is losing his sense of smell and taste but is in a stable condition. First and foremost, we convey our wishes for his speedy recovery.
The J.LEAGUE will continue to work and make every effort with the clubs to protect the players, their families, club staff, spectators and the society, and prevent further spread of the COVID-19 infection.”