Quarantined Spanish club Fuenlabrada reports 12 new cases of coronavirus

Spanish second division club had travelled to La Coruna for the final match of their season

Fuenlabrada players arriving at the airport in A Coruna on July 20. 2020 Their match against Deportivo la Coruna was suspended after several of their players tested positive for Covid-19. EPA
Fuenlabrada players arriving at the airport in A Coruna on July 20. 2020 Their match against Deportivo la Coruna was suspended after several of their players tested positive for Covid-19. EPA

Spanish second division club Fuenlabrada's ill-fated trip to La Coruna for the final match of their season grew worse on Saturday when the club announced another 12 positive Covid-19 results.

Fuenlabrada have been in quarantine in the Galician city since their match against Deportivo on July 20 was postponed just before kick off.

The club had flown to La Coruna despite four positive cases, who stayed behind in Madrid. Further tests before the match found another eight positives among the travelling party.

On Thursday the club announced four more positives and on Saturday 12 more, taking the total to 28.

The club released a statement expressing "our deep pain and concern about the results of the latest tests."

It said four of the new positives were in Madrid and eight were part of the group confined in a hotel in La Coruna.

The club said that a player hospitalised on Friday in La Coruna remains "stable and with non-serious symptoms".

Before the match, Deportivo, Spanish champions in 2000, still had a chance of escaping relegation to the third tier. But results elsewhere, as all the other final round games were played, mean they cannot escape the drop.

Fuenlabrada, however, need just a draw to climb into the promotion playoffs. The match was initially rescheduled for July 30 while no dates have been set for the playoff semi-finals.

epa08559822 Spanish Second Division's CF Fuenlabrada team player Chico Flores looks from his room's window at the hotel where the team is confined in A Coruna, northwestern Spain, 22 July 2020. Six members of the team tested positive for COVID-19. EPA/CABALAR
A Fuenlabrada player at the hotel where the team is confined in A Coruna, northwestern Spain. EPA

Published: July 25, 2020 04:35 PM

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