March 12, 2020 / 11:50 AM / a month ago

Real Madrid footballers quarantined after basketball player gets coronavirus

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Real Betis v Real Madrid - Estadio Benito Villamarin, Seville, Spain - March 8, 2020 Real Madrid players during the warm up before the match REUTERS/Marcelo Del Pozo/File Photo

MADRID (Reuters) - Real Madrid have sent all members of their soccer and basketball teams home into quarantine after one of the sports club's basketball players tested positive for the coronavirus, the Spanish club said in a statement here on Thursday.

The announcement led to all matches in Spain’s top two divisions being postponed for at least two weeks and UEFA later confirmed that their Champions League last-16 second leg at Manchester City scheduled for next Tuesday was also postponed.

Thursday’s Europa League matches between Sevilla and AS Roma and Inter Milan and Getafe had already been postponed.

“Real Madrid CF announces that a player from our basketball team has tested positive after undergoing tests for coronavirus COVID-19,” said the statement on the club’s official website.

“From now, the club has followed the recommendation of placing the basketball and football teams into quarantine as the two squads share facilities at the club’s training ground.

“We have also decided to close our training ground and recommended that all staff who work at the facility remain in quarantine.”

All national league basketball games have also been postponed, Real’s statement added.

Reporting by Richard Martin, additional reporting by Inti Landauro; Editing by Kevin Liffey/Toby Davis/Ken Ferris

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