STAFF from Portland United have fully recovered from the flu-like symptoms that caused the controversial postponement of Saturday’s league clash at AFC Portchester.

None of the three had been diagnosed with coronavirus.

Three members of the Blues’ team complained of feeling unwell in the build-up to the contest, with Portland and league officials eventually calling off the fixture an hour into their journey.

Timing of the postponement caused a huge backlash from Portchy, who said via Twitter the “really late call” had made the “impact greater” for their matchday services, with food and ground preparation going to waste.

The Sydenhams Wessex Premier Division has now been suspended amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

Speaking to Echosport regarding the ill trio, Portland boss Brendon King said: “They’re all good now.

“Obviously as a group we won’t be meeting for training this week, as per guidelines.

“We spoke to all the lads that weren’t very well. They’re all back to full health, ultimately that’s the main thing.

“It’s a nightmare, what it’s doing to football. We’ve got elderly people that are volunteers at our football club, the likes of Robin (Satherley, chairman) and Dave (Camp, president), Tom who does the gate and other people that are involved that keep the club ticking over.

“They can’t be involved and get in amongst it all any more.

“You’ve got to be careful and think of other people as well.”