(Reuters) - Cadiz missed out on a chance to secure promotion to La Liga on Saturday as they lost 1-0 at home to Fuenlabrada, after fans defied social distancing guidelines by gathering en masse outside the stadium before kickoff.
Cadiz only needed a draw to earn promotion to the top-flight for the first time in 15 years and with spectators still locked out of stadiums due to COVID-19 safety measures, thousands of fans created a carnival atmosphere outside instead.
Yet the festive mood was punctured when Fuenlabrada’s Hugo Fraile converted a penalty early in the second half, leaving the Andalusian side to wait a little longer before they can celebrate returning to Spanish soccer’s elite.
Cadiz still lead the second division with 69 points after 40 games, five ahead of second-placed Huesca, who were beaten 1-0 by Racing Santander, and seven clear of third-placed Real Zaragoza who have a game in hand.
Reporting by Richard Martin; Editing by Toby Davis