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Real Madrid in quarantine as La Liga suspends fixtures

  • News Desk

    Agence France-Presse

Madrid, Spain   /   Thu, March 12, 2020   /   07:16 pm
Real Madrid in quarantine as La Liga suspends fixtures FILES) In this file photo taken on Feb.29 Real Madrid's French coach Zinedine Zidane attends a training session at the club's training ground in Valdebebas in the outskirts of Madrid on Feb.29 on the eve of the Spanish League football match between Real Madrid and Barcelona. Real Madrid went into quarantine on March 12 as La Liga announced Spain's top two divisions will be suspended for at least two weeks over the coronavirus. (AFP/Javier Soriano)

Real Madrid went into quarantine on Thursday as La Liga announced Spain's top two divisions will be suspended for at least two weeks over the coronavirus.

La Liga authorities made the decision after Real Madrid confirmed its senior soccer team is in quarantine after one of the club's basketball players tested positive for the virus.

Real Madrid's soccer and basketball players share facilities at Ciudad Real Madrid, the club's training ground in Valdebebas.

A club statement read: "A player from our basketball first team has tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus.

"Since then, the recommendation has been made to quarantine both the basketball first team and the soccer first team, given that the two squads share facilities in Ciudad Real Madrid.   

"Likewise, it has been decided to close the facilities at our training ground and it is also recommended that all Real Madrid personnel who work there remain in quarantine."

La Liga has also followed Italy's Serie A in suspending its matches, following a meeting on Thursday with the Spanish Football Federation and the Spanish Players Union (AFE).

It means league fixtures over the next two weekends in Spains' top two divisions will be postponed.

A La Liga statement read: "In view of the circumstances known this morning, referring to the quarantine established in Real Madrid and the possible positive tests from players at other clubs, La Liga considers that the circumstances now exist to continue with the next phase of action against COVID-19."

"La Liga agrees to suspend at least the next two matchdays," the statement added. "This decision will be re-evaluated after the quarantine at affected clubs and other possible situations that could occur have ended."