Two members of the Atletico Madrid camp have tested positive for coronavirus, casting fresh uncertainty over plans for the conclusion of the Champions League.
The Spanish club, due to play RB Leipzig in Thursday’s quarter-final in Lisbon, confirmed on Sunday evening that both individuals have gone into isolation, while the rest of the team’s travelling party – including players and staff – will be given another round of testing.
Atletico Madrid said in a statement: “Yesterday, on Saturday 8th August, all the members of the first team and the club’s travelling party to Lisbon underwent Covid-19 tests, as stipulated by the UEFA protocol for participation in the Champions League quarter-finals.
“Among the results which came back today (Sunday), there were two positive tests, with both individuals concerned now isolating in their respective homes.
“This immediately communicated to the Spanish and Portuguese health authorities, UEFA, the Spanish Football Federation, the Portuguese Federation and the National Sports Council.
“Likewise, the corresponding protocols for such cases have been activated, which require new tests to be carried out on the first team and the staff travelling to Lisbon, as well as the close contacts of the two people who tested positive.
“This has resulted in changes to the training schedule, travel itinerary and accommodation plans for the trip to Lisbon. The club will coordinate with UEFA over a new schedule and as soon as there is a new plan it will be made public.
“We also ask for the utmost respect for the privacy of the two people who tested positive.
“Following the end of the La Liga season, Atletico Madrid requested that Spanish teams still competing in Europe should continue to follow the same protocols that were put in place for the restart of the domestic campaign.
“Although UEFA only requires each member of the travelling party to Lisbon to test negative 72 hours before the trip, the club has complied with the protocol set up at the time and kept carrying out weekly Covid-19 testing.”
The club has yet to confirm whether either of the individuals affected are players.
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