Champions League clash into doubt as 2 staff test positive for corona virus

Two members of the Atletico Madrid camp have tested positive for coronavirus, casting fresh uncertainty over plans for the conclusion of the Champions League.

The Spanish club, due to play RB Leipzig in Thursday’s quarter-final in Lisbon, confirmed on Sunday evening that both individuals have gone into isolation, while the rest of the team’s travelling party – including players and staff – will be given another round of testing.

Atletico Madrid said in a statement: “Yesterday, on Saturday 8th August, all the members of the first team and the club’s travelling party to Lisbon underwent Covid-19 tests, as stipulated by the UEFA protocol for participation in the Champions League quarter-finals.

“Among the results which came back today (Sunday), there were two positive tests, with both individuals concerned now isolating in their respective homes.

“This immediately communicated to the Spanish and Portuguese health authorities, UEFA, the Spanish Football Federation, the Portuguese Federation and the National Sports Council.

“Although UEFA only requires each member of the travelling party to Lisbon to test negative 72 hours before the trip, the club has complied with the protocol set up at the time and kept carrying out weekly Covid-19 testing.”

The club has yet to confirm whether either of the individuals affected are players.

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