the plague of positives spreads on the return to work


  • The outbreak increases among soccer teams within hours of a day

  • Basketball or futsal have already seen how games had to be postponed

The explosion of covid-19 infections in recent days in Spain the resumption of the League fills with uncertainty this weekend and the celebration of other competitions, which have already postponed clashes, such as the Endesa League or the Futsal League.

In the last hours, Rayo Vallecano has asked for the postponement of his match on matchday 19 at Atlético de Madrid, on Sunday 2. The Rayo team resumed training on Tuesday with only eight first-team players, after detection of new cases, to those registered last week, with the PCR tests done 24 hours before.

La Liga protocol

After the start of the pandemic in 2020, the La Liga competition regulations state that “when COVID causes operate, the minimum number of licensed players from the first team for the dispute of the match and throughout the development of the same it will be 5 players, unless the club had a greater number (up to 7) qualified for the match “.

A week ago and before the rebound in the pandemic, LaLiga approved a new protocol for its clubs that establishes the realization of a daily antigen test before training for players and personnel who are in contact with the first team, as well as a weekly PCR test during at least the first 15 days of January, as an additional measure.

The new measures include that on match days the local clubs will test first thing in the day or at the beginning of the concentration and the visitors before starting the displacements.

Positive after positive

After returning to training in the last hours, the communication of positives from the clubs is relentless. Real Sociedad, which visits Alavés on Sunday 2, has 17 infected players between the first team and the subsidiary.

Cádiz, Espanyol and Levante have communicated five, Barcelona three, affecting Dani Alves, Clement Lenglet and Jordi Alba, before visiting Mallorca, who suffers seven infections, four from players and three in the coaching staff.

Celta notified four days ago, before also visiting Betis on the 2nd, which has six cases and awaits the results of the latest tests. Results and proof that they have been favorable among Real Madrid players, affected since before Christmas Eve.

Carlo Ancelotti’s team, which has already played its last commitment with Athletic, also with casualties due to covid-19 in its ranks, will be able to count in Getafe with all that had been infected in the last two weeks -seven players and one member of the coaching staff-.

Girona (5), Burgos (5), Oviedo (6) and Amorebieta (3) are other Second Club clubs that have reported infections, while Tenerife has suspended the sale of tickets for the derby against Las Palmas, due to the possible capacity reduction due to the pandemic situation.

Postponements in Basketball

In basketball, the Endesa League has already made the postponement of up to four games corresponding to days 15 and 16. Among them the one scheduled for this Tuesday Barcelona-MoraBanc Andorra, for seven positives in the second, and BAXI Manresa-Monbus Obradoiro, on Thursday for those affected in the first.

Likewise, the Surne Bilbao Basket-Unicaja match, which was scheduled for this Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. and corresponding to the fifteenth day of the Endesa League, has been postponed, given the situation of positive cases due to covid-19 that affects the staff of the Biscayan team .

In addition, the Breogán-Joventut Badalona River, which was postponed on the 11th day of the Endesa League and scheduled for this Thursday, December 30 at 8:30 p.m., was again postponed due to the situation of positive cases affecting four players from the Catalan team squad.

Nor will the MoraBanc Andorra-BAXI Manresa and UCAM Murcia-Lenovo Tenerife duels be played on Sunday.

Real Madrid, with eleven infected after adding the cases of Sergio Llull, Jeffery Taylor and Carlos Alocén yesterday, had to ask for the postponement of the Euroleague match against Fenerbache next Thursday; Bilbao Basket reported five positives – two players and three in the coaching staff – and Obradoiro one.

Covid attacks the Euroleague and Futsal

In the Euroleague, Olympiacos-CSKA Moscow, Armani Milan-Alba Berlin and ASVEL-Bayern have also had to be postponed by numerous positives.

And the First of futsal has also confirmed the postponements of six of the eight games of the thirteenth day: ElPozo Murcia-Palma, Córdoba-Levante, Jaén Paraíso Interior-Jimbee Cartagena, Manzanares-Burela, Xota-Santa Coloma and Movistar Inter- Betis. Only Barça-Ribera Navarra on Wednesday and Fútbol Emotion Zaragoza-Viñla Albali Valdepeñas on Thursday remain.

And outside of Spain?

Outside of Spain, the rebound in the pandemic has altered competitions such as the English Premier, which canceled fifteen games in December; The NBA, which with the suspension of the Toronto Raptors Chicago Bulls on the 22nd added its ninth postponed game, and keeps the dispute of others such as the Dakar rally and the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the season, in suspense.

With the confirmed withdrawal of Rafa Nadal, which announced its contagion eight days ago, the tournament is still waiting for the presence of world number one, Novak Djokovic. The competition requires players to be vaccinated and the Serbian, who will not play the ATP Cup for teams days before also in Sydney, has not yet confirmed whether he is vaccinated or not.


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