COVID-19: La Liga SUSPENDED as Real Madrid stars go into lockdown

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Kieran Harm
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Real Madrid players and staff have gone into temporary lockdown after one of their basketball players tested positive for COVID-19 (Coronavirus). As a result, the Spanish Football Federation have called a temporary halt to proceedings in La Liga – at least two rounds of fixtures have been postponed.

The Real Madrid basketball team share facilities with the football stars and due to one of them testing positive for COVID-19, Real Madrid have ordered all their players and staff into a 14-day self-isolation period.

COVID-19 impact on sport like nothing we’ve ever seen

The Coronavirus crisis has had an incredible impact on the world of sport. Already we’ve seen the Italian Serie A and NBA totally suspend their league, and it seems more are to follow.

READ MORE: NBA Season suspended as Utah Jazz player tests positive for COVID-19

In all the countries wherein COVID-19 hasn’t forced a total stoppage to regular proceedings in the world of sport, it’s made a mark in other ways. Many Champions League and Europa League games this week have, or will be, played behind closed doors.

COVID-19 caused PSG v Dortmund to be played behind closed doors.
Last night, as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, PSG v Dortmund was played in an empty stadium in Paris

It seems the Premier League is due to announce that the rest of the season will be played with no fans in the grounds – much to the bemusement of just about everybody. Liverpool will lift the Premier League trophy FINALLY after 30 years, but there’ll be nobody there to see it. Nor will there be a trophy parade.

To be honest, there’s no point in doing that. As we saw last night, fans will simply congregate in other areas during the game – as much as we don’t want to, the sensible course of action is to totally stop proceedings – as La Liga have done.

Madrid’s trip to City in the UCL due to be canceled too

Next week, Real Madrid are due to fly to the United Kingdom to play their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg tie against Manchester City. Now, with the players in lockdown, that game is set to be postponed.

Real Madrid v Man City - Jesus and Ramos tussle
Sergio Ramos and Gabriel Jesus tussle for possession during the first leg of Real Madrid’s tie with Manchester City

City currently have a 2-1 lead in the tie following a stellar display in the Spanish capital two weeks back, but they’ll have to wait even longer for the second leg. When it will be, god only knows at this point – but it’ll be a while, if it happens at all.

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