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Atlético Madrid Test Positive for Coronavirus

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Atlético Madrid Test Positive for Coronavirus

Footballers on two continents have tested positive for Covid-19, as the deadly virus shows no signs of abating.

In Europe, two members of the Atltico Madrid squad, preparing for this weeks Champions League quarter-final against RB Leipzig in Lisbon on Thursday, have contracted the disease. The pair have not been named, and are self-isolating at home, but will not be involved in this weeks game.

All members of the squad, coaches and support staff have had to be re-tested, as well as their close contacts, and the news will affect the teams training and preparations for their match against the Bundesliga side, as well as their travel arrangements and hotel accommodation in the Portuguese capital.

Spain has seen a recent upsurge in cases, with medical authorities warning that a second wave of the virus may already be underway.

Meanwhile, in Brazil a match between Goias and Sao Paolo was called-off literally within minutes of the kick-off.

That was after the results of tests on the Goias team showed that ten members of the squad had tested positive for coronavirus, including eight who were due to start the match.

Under health protocols established all members of Brazilian teams are meant to be tested within 72 hours of a game. The tests were carried out on Thursday, but the results only were made available shortly before the game started, with Sao Paolo already warming up.

The countrys Supreme Court of Football promptly ordered the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) to postpone the game. Sao Paolo agreed with the decision, insisting that health must be the priority.

The game was the season opener for both clubs, after the domestic campaign in Brazil had been delayed for three months because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Like leagues the rest of the world over, Brazil has implemented strict health and safety protocols in order to allow the action to resume, including the regular testing of players, and mandating that games must be played behind closed doors, with no fans allowed in grounds.

Brazil passed a grim milestone at the weekend of 100,000 deaths from the virus. There are also a confirmed three million cases of it.

Suneer chowdhary
Sports Pundit staff writer @suneerchowdhary
ICC-accredited cricket journalist, covers Team India through their cricketing journey around the world

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