Coronavirus has found its way into the world of football. First, Serie A was suspended for a month, followed by the Bundesliga side Hanover 96 centre back Timo Hübers and Juventus FC defender Daniele Rugani being the first top tier footballers to be tested positive with the virus contamination. Now, the La Liga giants and one of the greatest football clubs in the world Real Madrid is making headlines, after dropping its whole football squad into quarantine for a couple of weeks.
The decision came after a basketball player of Real’s basketball team ‘Real Madrid Baloncesto’ was tested positive of COVID-19. The whole basketball team was put to quarantine at first, but as they train along with the football team in the same venue, the positive test mean the Galacticos may have possibly been contaminated.
“Real Madrid CF announces that a player from our basketball team has tested positive after undergoing tests for coronavirus COVID-19,” a statement read on the club’s official website.
“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,” the statement added.
The club has shut down the common training venue in Ciudad, and the staffs that were present in the venue have also been put to quarantine along with the footballers and basketball players.
Following Real’s subjecting of its footballers to quarantine, La Liga was itself suspended for two weeks. This means, Real’s two upcoming la Liga matches versus SD Eibar and Valencia CF have been postponed.
Along with La Liga, Second division football league “Segunda División” or La Liga 2 was suspended following the virus pandemic. Liga ACB, the country’s national basketball league where Baloncesto competes, has also been suspended.
Additionally, Los Blancos are scheduled to travel to Manchester to play the second leg of their UEFA Champions league round of 16 game against Manchester City, Although, speculations are going on that the Citizens’ home fixture will also get postponed.
Yesterday, the Champions League face off between Juventus FC and Lyon was announced to be a behind the doors match in Turin. However, following the positive Test results of Rugani, there may be new decisions. And with Real Madrid quarantining its players before the City clash, the tournament’s governing body UEFA has announced to hold a video conference meeting coming Tuesday in response to the virus outbreak.