Real Madrid Players In Quarantine Over Coronavirus After Basketball Player Tests Positive
Real Madrid are the latest football club to be affected by the Coronavirus outbreak, after a member of the club's basketball team tested positive for the virus.
Spanish outlet El Chiringuito TV revealed the news on Thursday morning. The basketball team train at the same place as the football team and the positive test means that players may well have been in contact with the virus.
As per the protocols players will be in self isolation for the next two weeks, meaning that their game with Manchester City in the Champions League last 16 next week will have to be delayed.
Real Madrid has been put in quarantine.- Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) March 12, 2020
A player from basketball team tested #coronavirus positive, but all sports activities are held in same training ground
:rotating_light::rotating_light::rotating_light: EL REAL MADRID, EN CUARENTENA:- El Chiringuito TV (@elchiringuitotv) March 12, 2020
:white_check_mark: Ha habido un POSITIVO POR #CORONAVIRUS en el equipo de baloncesto.
:warning: Los jugadores ABANDONAN CON URGENCIA VALDEBEBAS.
Información de @JLSanchez78 pic.twitter.com/pOIr6nPk0A
The whole Real Madrid in quarantine as a basketball player found to have the virus https://t.co/wgpmkdnxcg- Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) March 12, 2020
The news means the whole Champions League is in further jeopardy after Wednesday night's news that Juventus defender Daniele Rugani had tested positive for the virus.
Rugani's test means that his teammates will have to be in quarantine too, putting their last 16 game against Lyon in serious doubt, with Italian football already suspended throughout the country.
The player's association in Spain had wanted the authorities to suspend football but the Spanish federation decided instead to only suspend non professional football leagues, leaving La Liga and Segunda Division to continue.
However following Thursday morning's news the league has been suspended for the next two weeks.