ANDY MORRISON, the manager of Connah's Quay Nomads, has admitted that he "turned a blind eye" to players who turned up for their side's Europa League qualifier against Dinamo Tblisi on Thursday evening, despite an outbreak of Covid-19 at the club.

The Welsh outfit, who knocked Kilmarnock out of Europe last season, lost 1-0 to their Georgian opposition in the second preliminary round of qualifying.

Four players had tested positive for coronavirus before the match and are now self-isolating, with a fifth - who has yet to return a positive test - also entering quarantine.

Speaking after the final whistle, Morrison told the BBC: "Three lads have turned up tonight and they're not well.

"And it's like 'lads I don't want to hear it. I can't hear it tonight that you're ill, please like you know. Let's just get through it'.

"I've been told that before the game and we've had to turn a blind eye to it and then you would have never noticed that anyone there tonight wasn't feeling great."