Eight footballers of Mexican team Santos Laguna test positive for coronavirus

Uncertainty over plans to restart Liga MX with more results awaited

Mexican club Santos Laguna's home ground the Corona Stadium in Torreon. Getty
Mexican club Santos Laguna's home ground the Corona Stadium in Torreon. Getty

Eight footballers from top-flight Mexican team Santos Laguna have tested positive for the coronavirus, the club said on Wednesday, endangering attempts to restart the league after two months of suspension.

A decision on the possible resumption of the Mexican league, the Liga MX, was expected by the end of the week, and the tests were carried out with a view to resuming training.

"This particular situation makes resuming the league more complicated," Santos Laguna's owner, Alejandro Irarragorri, told sports channel TUDN.

He also said the situation at Santos Laguna could be worse, because so far only 22 results out of 48 tests on players and coaches have come back.

Liga MX said the players with Covid-19, whose identities have not been revealed, were asymptomatic.

Two other clubs, Guadalajara and Monterrey, are also carrying out screening for the disease. Monterrey said it had not identified any positive cases.

With more than 6,000 fatalities, Mexico has the second highest coronavirus death toll in Latin America after Brazil.

Play stopped in the Liga MX in mid-March, and less than a week later the league's president Enrique Bonilla announced he had caught the disease, without serious symptoms.

The president of San Luis, another club in the Mexican league, has also been diagnosed with Covid-19.

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Published: May 21, 2020 02:48 PM

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