Coronavirus: Spanish La Liga Suspended, as Real Madrid Quarantines First Football, BasketBall Teams


The two top league divisions in Spain have been suspended after Real Madrid announced that its football team is in quarantine.

The Spanish giants on Thursday confirmed that its senior football team went into quarantine after one of the club’s basketball players tested positive for the virus.

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

The club’s 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 football 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.”

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.”

Spain now joins Italy in suspending their domestic football leagues after the latter suspended its football activities as a measure to curb the spread of the disease. 

The number of infections in Spain is above 2,000 while 48 have died, with Madrid the worst-hit area accounting for more than half of the cases.