Real Madrid have put their football team in quarantine after one of their basketball players tested positive for coronavirus. The decision was taken as the Spanish giants’ football team shares the training ground with their basketball players. Also Read - COVID-19: KL Rahul Plays With Pet During Coronavirus-Enforced Lockdown, Hardik Pandya Reacts | WATCH VIDEO
The decision came after La Liga suspended its next two rounds of league matches in wake of the coronavirus outbreak. However, none of the footballers belonging to any La Liga team is reported to have the virus. Also Read - Bodies of COVID-19 Patients Should be Cremated Irrespective of Religion: BMC
After one player of Real Madrid’s basketball team was reported to have the virus, all its players will undergo testing and be placed under quarantine for 15 days. Also Read - WHO Issues 'Life-saving' Guidelines For Health Workers Treating Coronavirus Patients
“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. 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,” La Liga said in a statement on Thursday.
“Said decision will be reevaluated after the completion of the quarantines decreed in the affected clubs and 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,” the statement further said.
Earlier, La Liga had informed all its 20 teams that the matches for the next two weeks are to be played behind closed doors. However, after reports of Real Madrid players being quarantined and potential cases in other clubs emerged, the decision to suspend the league was taken.
As per reports in the Spanish media, the country has 2600 virus infections and 63 deaths due to coronavirus.
Various football governing authorities are coming under increasing pressure to cancel events including the ongoing UEFA Champions League and the Euro 2020 Championships which will be played across 12 countries.
In the premier League, Arsenal’s team is also under quarantine after Nottingham Forest and Olympiacos owner Evangelos Marinakis was tested positive after his visit to the Emirates.
Elsewhere, in the USA, NBA has suspended its ongoing season while Formula One team Mclaren has pulled out of the season opening Australian Grand Prix after a team member tested positive for the virus.