The UEFA Champions League 2nd leg match between Manchester City and Real Madrid has been suspended as Real Madrid players have been quarantined after possibly coming into contact with the Coronavirus.
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The Real Madrid squad was quarantined when it was discovered that a member of the basketball team they share training facilities with, in Ciudad, had tested positive for the Coronavirus.
The club issued the following statement:
“Real Madrid CF reports that a player from our first basketball team has tested positive after testing 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 of our sports city and it is also recommended that all Real Madrid personnel who provide their services in Real Madrid City remain in quarantine.”
“The matches that were scheduled for today and tomorrow, corresponding to the Euroleague basketball and La Liga soccer, will not be played.”
As a result of the 14-day self-quarantine, the scheduled UEFA Champions League game that was meant to take place between Manchester City and Real Madrid on Tuesday 17 March has been suspended.
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This is the first UEFA Champions League match to be suspended due to the Coronavirus. Other matches such as the Barcelona vs Napoli match which is scheduled to be played on Wednesday 18 March will now take place behind closed doors.
As the Coronavirus continues to wreak havoc across Europe, it seems it may just be a matter of time before all Champions League matches are suspended in a bid to reduce the spread of the virus.