Thursday, 12 March 2020

Real Madrid squad in quarantine leading to La Liga suspension

Real Madrid fans

Spanish top flight La Liga has been suspended for "at least the next two rounds of matches" as a result of the Real Madrid squad going into quarantine because of coronavirus.

It comes after a Real Madrid basketball player, who shares training facilities with the La Liga club, tested positive for the virus.

Real are due to play at Manchester City in the Champions League on Tuesday.

The Spanish club has closed the facilities of its sports city.

"The recommendation has been made to quarantine both the basketball first team and the football first team, given that the two squads share facilities in Ciudad Real Madrid," a Real statement said.

The Spanish second division has also been suspended and La Liga said it will "revaluate" the situation following the completion of quarantine "in the affected clubs and other possible situations that may arise".

Real, who are second in La Liga, were due to host Eibar on Friday and had already cancelled all pre-match media duties.

The coronavirus outbreak, now declared a pandemic, has led to widespread disruption of sporting fixtures around the world.

Uefa to hold meeting on Tuesday

Governing body Uefa will hold video conference meetings on Tuesday to discuss European football's response to the coronavirus outbreak.

It has invited representatives of its 55 member associations, plus the boards of the European Club Association, the European leagues and a representative of world players' union Fifpro.

Discussions will cover all domestic and European competitions, including Euro 2020.

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