Two unnamed individuals test positive for coronavirus — Atletico Madrid

Ruben Hill
August 10, 2020

Atletico Madrid have confirmed two positive coronavirus tests ahead of Thursday's Champions League quarter-final against RB Leipzig.

The Spanish club said the unnamed individuals are isolating at home.

Both individuals, who have not been revealed to be either players or staff members, are now in self-isolation at home.

Both individuals are isolated in their respective homes, and their results were immediately communicated to the Spanish and Portuguese health authorities, UEFA, the Royal Spanish Football Federation, the Portuguese Federation and the Higher Sports Council.

Atletico are set to face Leipzig on Thursday (Friday NZT) in the last eight.

Atletico said in a statement: "Yesterday, Saturday August 8th, all the members of the first team and of the club's Lisbon travelling party were submitted to tests in the Ciudad Deportiva de Majadahonda as per UEFA's protocol to participate in the Champions League quarter-finals".

Earlier this week Atletico had to cancel a friendly for their women's team after a positive test within the group.

Atletico said that, after the Spanish league season had ended, the club asked for all Spanish teams still involved in European competitions to keep voluntarily following the league's health safety protocols.

This requires a fresh run of tests to be carried out throughout the entire club, on a daily basis.

Further coronavirus tests will have to take place and the results be known before the team can depart, with Atletico saying the two positives will mean their plans for training, along with travel and accommodation in the Portuguese capital, would need to be adjusted.

Atletico are seeking their first title in Europe's most lucrative club competition.

Real have since been knocked out of the Champions League but Sevilla are still involved in the Europa League. They were also runners-up in 1974, losing to Bayern Munich.

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