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LA LIGA SUSPENDED

13 Mar 2020
The Spanish Federation and La Liga have decided to postpone the next two matchdays because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Both entities will decide later what to do with the tournaments.

It was announced on Thursday’s noon. Primera and Segunda División have suspended the next two matchdays because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The intention of La Liga was to play the next two matchdays behind closed doors, but the Players Union (AFE) and the Spanish Federation (RFEF) were against the measure as they preferred to halt the competition.

For that reason, a meeting was scheduled for Thursday’s morning, but when the meeting was taking place it was known that Real Madrid players have gone into self-isolation after a Real Madrid basketball player tested positive for the virus. The football and basketball teams share training facilities and thus this decision was made.

Then La Liga changed its position and supported the idea of postponing the next two matchday. The officials believe it is the right measure as other positive cases are now possible at other clubs, in this way football will follow with the next phase of the protocol of action against COVID-19, this in accordance with measures established in the Royal Decree 664/1997 of May 12.

Deportivo were going to play this Saturday against Sporting Gijón and next Saturday it was visiting Real Oviedo. About what will happen with the rest of the tournament, La Liga only announced that the decision will be reevaluated after the completion of the quarantines undertaken in the affected clubs and in other possible situations that may arise.

In the meantime the club released a statement informing that the first team will be training at Abegondo behind closed doors. Also that the press conferences will be virtual and that all the public acts with players, staff and sponsors have been suspended. But the shareholders meeting still on for next Wednesday, the meeting will convert ABANCA into the major shareholder of Deportivo. The club invited the shareholders to delegate the shares in order to reduce the attendance.  

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