Manchester City’s Champions League second leg fixture vs Real Madrid has been postponed.
It was due to take place next Tuesday, but will no longer go ahead due to coronavirus.
Los Blancos players have been placed into quarantine after a member of their basketball team tested positive for coronavirus earlier this week.
A statement on City’s official website reads:
“Manchester City’s UEFA Champions League fixture at home to Real Madrid has been postponed.
“The decision to postpone Tuesday’s game was made in conjunction with UEFA and follows confirmation that players from Real Madrid will self-isolate for fifteen days after it emerged that a player from the club’s basketball team tested positive for COVID-19.
“The Club sends its best wishes to the players and staff at Real Madrid’s football and basketball teams.”
As of writing, no date has been announced for rescheduling the fixture.
The news will be disappointing for Man City fans, especially after winning the first leg 2-1 at the Bernabeu.
Goals from Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne had given Pep Guardiola’s men an advantage going into the second leg.
But the health and wellbeing of players, staff and supporters are more important than football.
Real Madrid players are self-isolating for 15 days after a member of their basketball squad tested positive for COVID-19.
The two teams share the same training facility in the Spanish capital and precautionary measures have been taken.
The club’s La Liga fixture against Eibar has also been postponed.
“Real Madrid CF reports that a player from our first basketball team has tested positive after testing for the COVID-19 coronavirus,” a statement read.
“Since then, the recommendation has been made to quarantine both the basketball first team and the football first team, given that the two squads share facilities in Ciudad Real Madrid.
“Likewise, it has been decided to close the facilities of our sports city and it is also recommended that all Real Madrid personnel who provide their services in Real Madrid City remain in quarantine.
“The matches that were scheduled for today and tomorrow, corresponding to the Euroleague basketball and La Liga soccer, will not be played.”
With coronavirus continuing to spread across the continent, this isn’t the first match – and it won’t be the last – to be called off.
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