Atlético de Madrid has announced that two of the people who were to appear in the expedition that will travel to Lisbon this Monday to play the quarterfinals of the Champions League have tested positive for Covid-19.
The two members of the rojiblanco club who have tested positive are isolated in their respective homes, the club reported. The tests were carried out in the Ciudad Deportiva de Majadahonda, where the team trained on Saturday.
Official statement: The expedition to Lisbon will undergo new PCR tests after the appearance of two positive cases https://t.co/GztEhGvQQZ- Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) August 9, 2020
In the official statement, the Atético explains: “Among the results known today, two positives have appeared, which are isolated in their respective homes, and which were immediately communicated to the Spanish and Portuguese health authorities, UEFA, to the Royal Spanish Football Federation, the Portuguese Federation and the Higher Sports Council. Likewise, the corresponding action protocol foreseen for these cases has been activated, which requires 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, and which motivates changes in the hours of training, in the structure and development of travel and accommodation in the Portuguese capital ”.
Simeone's team is due to play the Champions League quarter-final match against Leipzig on Thursday. The club explains that it will coordinate the new schedules with UEFA, “and as soon as there is a new plan it will be made public. He also requests the utmost respect for the identity of the two positive cases ”. It also details the process it has followed since LaLiga ended. He states that he requested that the Spanish teams that continue to compete in Europe continue voluntarily and with the help of LaLiga, complying with the same rules of the prevention protocol against Covid that had been developed during the return to competition.
CSD and LaLiga protocol
And it reflects that, although UEFA only requires a negative PCR test from each member of the expedition to Lisbon 72 hours before the planned trip for Monday, August 10, the club has complied with the protocol established in its day by the Higher Sports Council and LaLiga, keeping the weekly tests carried out on the return to league competition under the control of the same LaLiga inspector who supervised compliance with said protocol during the 11 league days.
The first team and all the personnel who work and are in contact with it, a total of 93 people, underwent a PCR test and a serological test the day before returning to training, on Sunday 26 July, and the first The session, scheduled individually for that Sunday, was postponed as a precaution to Monday 27 in the afternoon until it was known that one hundred percent of the tests had yielded a negative result, reports Atlético. “After the first week of training, once again the first team and the rest of the club members who work around it underwent new PCR tests on Sunday, August 2, with a new negative result in all cases, resuming training on Monday afternoon after knowing the results of the tests ”.