Real Madrid players asked to self-isolate as La Liga is suspended
Real Madrid’s football players have been quarantined after a member of the club’s basketball team, who they share a training ground with contracted the coronavirus. Although the football and the basketball teams operate in different buildings, the decision to send all players home to self-isolate for 15 days has been made.
La Liga has also responded by suspending its next two matchdays. The Los Blancos were set to face Manchester City at the Etihad in the second leg of their round of 16 clash on Tuesday but it’s possible that the game could be postponed.
“Real Madrid C. F. announces that a member of our basketball first team has tested positive for coronavirus,” a club statement said.
“The recommendation of remaining in quarantine has been followed with immediate effect, with this measure applied to both the basketball and football first teams, given that the two squads share the facilities at Real Madrid City.
“In addition, a decision has been made to close our training ground and it is recommended that all Real Madrid staff who work at Real Madrid City remain in quarantine.”
It can be recalled that La Liga had initially announced that games in the next two rounds would be played behind closed doors based on advice from the country’s ministry of health.
“La Liga has decided given the circumstances that have come to light this morning, such as the quarantine put in place at Real Madrid and possible positive cases at other clubs, to continue with the next phase of the protocol of action against COVID-19,” a La Liga statement read.
“It has been agreed that the competition will be suspended for the next two matchdays.
“Said decision will be re-evaluated after the completion of the quarantines undertaken in the affected clubs and in other possible situations that may arise.”