An outbreak of optimistic COVID-19 assessments amongst gamers of a second-division membership has created chaos in Spanish soccer. The optimistic outcomes have been introduced simply hours earlier than Monday’s ultimate spherical, prompting the suspension of 1 decisive recreation and the ire of different golf equipment who felt they have been at an obstacle. The match between Deportivo La Coruña and Fuenlabrada was postponed after some Fuenlabrada gamers examined optimistic. The whole ultimate spherical was liable to being postponed however the entire different matches — which the league initially needed to be performed on the similar time — went on as scheduled.
Some golf equipment stated the choice to droop just one recreation as an alternative of the whole spherical affected the end result of the competitors as a result of many groups relied on the results of the Deportivo-Fuenlabrada match. Elche, for instance, was holding on to the final playoff spot and can solely maintain it if Fuenlabrada loses to Deportivo.
Deportivo would nonetheless be combating to keep away from relegation had it performed on Monday, however different outcomes sealed its demotion and it’ll don’t have anything to play for when its recreation is rescheduled.
“Clearly a choice has been made that straight impacts the integrity of the competitors and we consider that it was not honest,” Elche stated in a press release. “A state of affairs just like the one skilled right this moment exhibits the significance of strict compliance with the principles and security and hygiene measures decided by authorities to stop the unfold of COVID-19.”
Rayo Vallecano had been in the same place and its probabilities of promotion depended partially on Fuenlabrada’s end result, so it threatened authorized motion in opposition to the choice to not postpone all matches.
Deportivo additionally stated it will think about authorized choices to defend its pursuits. It stated in a press release that the membership complied with all well being and safety measures and was able to play the match.
The league — together with the Spanish soccer federation and the nation’s sports activities council — stated the choice to not reschedule all matches was “the answer that finest protected the well being of gamers and the general integrity of the competitors.”
Deportivo coach Fernando Vázquez stated his workforce’s rivals benefited by with the ability to play their video games.
“They’ve a bonus as a result of they don’t have the stress of our end result,” Vázquez informed Movistar. “Why couldn’t we play all on the similar time, with out anyone having a aggressive benefit?”
Deportivo, the 2000 Spanish league champion, was relegated to the third division for the second time in membership historical past. The primary time was within the 1980-81 season. No different league champion had dropped to the third division since Actual Betis in 1947, in keeping with Spanish media.
Fuenlabrada, primarily based simply south of Madrid, is attempting to achieve the highest flight for the primary time.
The promotion playoffs, which have been anticipated to start on Thursday, can even must be delayed. There was no date set for a brand new recreation between Deportivo and Fuenlabrada.
The Spanish league didn’t say what number of Fuenlabrada gamers or membership members examined optimistic. The membership stated nobody who examined optimistic confirmed signs of the illness. Spanish media stated Fuenlabrada was anticipated to be held in confinement till everybody examined damaging once more. The membership hosted Elche final week.
Spain was one of many hardest-hit nations by the coronavirus. The pandemic had been beneath management however some surges of recent circumstances have been reported just lately.
“It’s slightly alarming, we have been all congratulating ourselves on how nicely we have been doing as a society,” Vázquez stated. “It’s a warning.”