La Liga has announced that the first and second divisions have been suspended for the next two matchdays because of the coronavirus outbreak.
At the same time, Real Madrid’s football players have been placed in quarantine after a member of the Spanish club’s basketball team, who they share a training ground with, tested positive for the coronavirus.
There have not yet been any confirmed cases of coronavirus among Madrid’s footballers, but the club took the decision to close Valdebebas after a basketball player tested positive, because the two teams share the same facilities, along with the entire youth team set up at the club.
A statement released by La Liga read: “Given the circumstances that are coming to light this morning, referring to the quarantine established in Real Madrid and the possible cases in players from other clubs, La Liga considers it appropriate to continue to the next phase of the protocol of action against COVID-19.”
“As a result, in accordance with the measures established in Royal Decree 664/1997 of May 12, [La Liga] agrees to postpone at least the next two match days.”
Real are due to play at Manchester City in the Champions League on Tuesday, but this match may face postponement too.