LaLiga Games Postponed As Real Madrid Quarantine Players
The spread of Covid-19 (coronavirus) has forced the cancellation of football in Spain after LaLiga confirmed it was postponing the next two match days in the country.
The announcement follows news that Real Madrid has put its players in quarantine upon news that a member of the club’s basketball first team has tested positive for coronavirus.
The measure was applied to both the basketball and football first teams, given that the two squads share the facilities at Real Madrid City.
“Given the circumstances that are coming to light this morning, referring to the quarantine established in Real Madrid and the possible cases in players from other clubs, LaLiga considers it appropriate to continue to the next phase of the protocol of action against COVID-19,” read the statement released by LaLiga.
“As a result, in accordance with the measures established in Royal Decree 664/1997 of May 12, it agrees to postpone at least the next two match days. Said decision will be reevaluated after the completion of the quarantines decreed in the affected clubs and the other possible situations that may arise.
“LaLiga, as organizer of the competition, has proceeded to communicate its decision to the Spanish football federation (RFEF), the High Sports Council (CSD) and the Clubs.”
UEFA have also confirmed in the Europa League games between Sevilla FC (Spain) – AS Roma (Italy) and FC Internazionale (Italy) – Getafe CF (Spain) will not take place as scheduled due to travel restriction in place in Italy.
In the UK, Manchester City’s Premier League tie against Arsenal was postponed on Wednesday but as yet there are no plans to postpone the league. However, that position may change as the UK government contemplates its next step in tackling the outbreak.
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