BREAKING: Real Madrid Player Tests Positive For COVID-19
March. 12, 2020
Real Madrid announced on Thursday morning that one of its basketball players has tested positive for the coronavirus and both its basketball and football teams have been placed under self-isolation.
The official statement of Real Madrid read:
''Real Madrid CF communicates that a player from our first basketball team had a positive result after he underwent tests for the COVID-19 coronavirus.
''From this moment, it has been recommended that both the first basketball and football teams be placed under quarantine, since both teams share facilities at Ciudad Real Madrid.
''At the same time, it has been decided to close down the facilities of our sports training center. It is recommended also that all personnel working at Ciudad Real Madrid remain under quarantine, too.
''The games that were scheduled for today and tomorrow, for the basketball team in the EuroLeague and for the football team in LaLiga, will not be played''.
La Liga and UEFA are expected to make a decision as regards the future of the Champions League and the Spanish domestic competition today and it seems inevitable that the two competitions will be postponed indefinitely.
Los Blancos were scheduled to face Eibar behind closed doors this Friday, but the match is unlikely to hold due to the massive outbreak of the COVID-19 in Spain early this week. It seems only a matter of time before UEFA and La Liga decide to postpone their competitions, as other major events such as the NBA, the Euroleague or MotoGP have already been postponed.
Elsewhere, Chilean footballers Alexis Sanchez of Inter Milan and Arturo Vidal of Barcelona could be quarantined as a result of the coronavirus outbreak if they travel to South America for the World Cup qualifiers later this March.
Alexis plays for Inter Milan and the scenerio with the virus in Italy is nothing short of severe. Vidal plays for Barcelona, and though the outbreak is not as severe in Spain as it is in Italy, there has been a steady rise in coronavirus cases.
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