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Arsenal, Inter withdraw from Florida Cup

Italian Serie A champions Inter Milan and Arsenal of England have withdrawn from participating in the Florida Cup due to take place this pre-season.

Arsenal announced they would not be travelling to the U.S. for the tournament due to "a small number of positive COVID tests" at the club. Inter Milan on the other hand withdrew from the tournament because of the risks involved in international travel.

"FC Internazionale Milano announce that they will not be travelling to the USA for the Florida Cup due to the current risks involved in international travel as a result of the spread of the pandemic, risks that have already caused Arsenal F.C. to withdraw from participation," an Inter statement read.

The organizers of the Florida Cup have wished the members of the Arsenal travelling party who tested positive a speedy recovery. They also expressed regrets that both Inter and Arsenal will not be participating in this year’s edition of the tournament.

Florida Cup organisers issued the following statement after Inter dropped out: "Though we regret Inter Milan's decision to withdraw from the Florida Cup today, we welcomed Everton to Orlando this afternoon, with Millonarios set to arrive tomorrow. Those clubs will meet as planned on Sunday, July 25, with the match beginning at 6 p.m. ET.

"Additional updates to the tournament schedule will be announced shortly. Out of respect for the fans who purchased tickets to the original lineup, we will be automatically refunding all purchases through Ticketmaster. Additional information will be sent to ticket holders through their point of purchase.

"General admission tickets will be sold for contests on both original match dates, July 25 and 28.

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