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Atletico Madrid confirm two positive coronavirus tests ahead

Atletico Madrid Confirms Two Positive Coronavirus Tests

MADRID, Spain – With a clash against RB Leipzig scheduled for Thursday, the Spanish side announced that two people had been diagnosed with the virus.
Two members of Atletico Madrid’s touring group for the Champions League quarter-finals in Lisbon have tested positive for the coronavirus, the club confirmed.
The news comes as Diego Simeone’s side prepare to face RB Leipzig in the Portuguese capital on Thursday with a place in the last four on the line, the results of those positive tests potentially putting the UEFA condensed final at risk. As a European governing body, they are looking to conclude their flagship tournament.
The two, who have not turned out to be players or staff, are currently in isolation at home.
“Yesterday, [on] Saturday, August 8, all members of the first team and the club’s travel group [who will be traveling] to Lisbon underwent PCR tests at the Ciudad Deportiva de Majadahonda, as required by the protocol of UEFA, [in order] to take part in the quarter-finals of the Champions League,” the club confirmed in a statement.
“Among the results known today, two positive points emerged. The two individuals are isolated in their respective homes, and their results were immediately communicated to the Spanish and Portuguese health authorities, to UEFA, to the Royal Spanish Federation of football, the Portuguese Federation and Higher Sports.
“The corresponding action protocol planned for these cases has been activated, requiring new PCR tests to be carried out on the first team and members of the expedition to Lisbon and the closest contacts of the positive cases.”
“These tests will lead to changes in training schedules, as well as in the structure and development of travel and accommodation in the Portuguese capital.”
“The club will coordinate the new schedules with UEFA, and as soon as there is a new plan, it will be made public. We ask for the utmost respect for preserving the identity of the two positive cases.”
Atletico had not played since July 19, when they concluded their domestic campaign with a 1-1 draw against Real Sociedad, to secure the third place in La Liga.
They were due to return to action this week after their remarkable triumph over Champions League holders Liverpool in March when they passed the Reds 4-2 on aggregate.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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