Coronavirus alert in European football. The main clubs of the Old Continent have panicked at the impressive increase in covid-19 cases. The pandemic was believed to have been overcome in recent weeks, at least in terms of infected players, canceled matches and threatened tournaments of suspension, but it is once again wreaking havoc and putting many squads of the main European leagues in check, especially in Spain and England.
In our country, the alarms have gone off in Valdebebas. The Real Madrid reported five cases this Thursday (Gareth Bale, Rodrygo, Marco Asensio, Andrey lunin and the assistant and son of the coach, Davide ancelotti), adding to the two previously known from Luka modric Y Marcelo. In total, six Madrid players who will not be available for the team’s next two matches: on Sunday against Cádiz at the Santiago Bernabéu or next Wednesday at San Mamés against Athletic Club. However, the latest information about Modric assures that he has given negative in the last PCR and that he could play against the people of Cadiz.
The resurgence of the pandemic has altered the order in Valdebebas, with the first outstanding leading soccer team of LaLiga Santander. However, the two positives in the basketball team last Tuesday (coach Pablo Laso and the french base Thomas heurtel) before facing Alba Berlin, they triggered the alerts, confirmed the following days with the seven positives (six players and a member of the coaching staff) registered in the first soccer team.
Real Madrid is currently the team most affected in LaLiga Santander by the new peak of covid cases, although the Athletic Bilbao just reported its first two coronavirus cases. It’s about the goalkeeper Unai Simon and the central Íñigo Martínez, which will cause loss for the game this Sunday against Real Betis and also on Wednesday against Madrid.
For his part, Valencia has confirmed in the last hours a fourth case of covid-19 that joins the positives of the technician Jose Bordalás, your assistant Patri Moreno and the Paraguayan central Omar alderete.
Faced with this situation, the president of LaLiga, Javier Tebas, has said that the Spanish competition “is ready” to face the new wave of the pandemic after the positives of Real Madrid and Valencia players. The head of the clubs’ employers has explained that “whenever there are positives in covid-19, you have to be concerned” and has announced that next Tuesday, December 21, LaLiga will approve a “different protocol“to face the new wave of the pandemic.
Also the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has reacted to the wave of new infections and has decided eliminate formal greetings and tributes in the tournaments under its jurisdiction, such as the Copa del Rey or the Spanish Super Cup that will be played next January in Saudi Arabia with the participation of Real Madrid, Atlético de Madrid, Athletic Club and FC Barcelona.
“Within the package of responsibility measures, the RFEF, after making the prolegomena more flexible this October, is once again canceling this weekend in all its competitions the formal greetings and acts of tribute as an extra measure of prevention before the advance of the cases, “explains the body chaired by Luis Rubiales in a statement.
The situation is even worse in England, where the Premier league has decided suspend four more games this weekend, bringing the total to five, due to the covid outbreaks that are occurring in the competition. The postponed matches are Southampton-Brentford, Watford-Crystal Palace, West Ham United-Norwich City and Everton-Leicester City. To these matches must be added the duel between Manchester United and Brighton on Saturday, which was suspended early in the afternoon.
In total, the Premier has postponed nine games for a week. The reasons that the competition has alleged for the suspension of the matches are that Brentford has experienced an outbreak of covid that has closed their training camp, so they have not been able to prepare in conditions for Saturday’s game, as happened with the facilities of Manchester United this week. He also alleges that Watford is in a similar situation and does not have enough players available, the same as Norwich and Leicester.
Meanwhile, the Liverpool confirmed the positives of Virgil Van Dijk, Curtis jones Y Fabinho, who could not play the game against Newcastle United at Anfield (3-1). The three players are already in isolation and the red club has subjected the rest of the squad to additional tests, after knowing the three positives. All the footballers have tested negative.
Also, the Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, could miss the game against Newcastle this Sunday after having given an “inconclusive” result in a test for the coronavirus. Guardiola canceled his press conference scheduled for this Friday at noon while waiting for the result of a follow-up PCR test. If it were positive and the Spaniard were asked to isolate himself, he would not only miss the trip to St. James Park, but also the home clash with Leicester on the traditional Boxing Day.
In Germany, in the Bavarian region, the restrictions already returned at the beginning of December, as could be observed in the Champions match between Bayern and FC Barcelona (3-0) from a week ago. The match was played at the Allianz Arena in Munich behind closed doors. Nearby, the Salzburg-SevilleIn Austria, also in the Champions League, it was also held without the presence of the public.
For his part, the UEFA president, Aleksander ceferin, has asked all players to be vaccinated against covid – a call that has ended up accepting Joshua Kimmich, Bayern Munich player, after his initial refusal to get vaccinated. In addition, the European body is analyzing activating a package of 7,000 million euros, which would be financed by the US bank Citygroup, for fear of the problems that the pandemic may cause due to the expansion of the variant omicron.