Fuenlabrada’s woes mount as it confirms 28 Covid cases at club

Madrid Desk, Jul 25 (efe-epa).- Spanish second-tier football team Fuenlabrada on Saturday said a total of 28 members of the club had tested positive for Covid-19 after a new round of testing detected 12 new infections.

The club said nine of the new cases had been detected among players and staff quarantining at a hotel in northwestern city of A Coruña while the other four were picked up by tests on members in the capital Madrid, where the neighborhood team is based.

Fuenlabrada traveled to A Coruña ahead of a scheduled game against local side Deportivo de La Coruña on Monday but the match was called off when several members of the visiting team tested positive for Covid-19 after disembarking from the plane.

LaLiga controversially allowed the rest of the fixtures on what was the final day of the season to go ahead. The results that trickled in saw Deportivo de La Coruña relegated to the third-tier of Spanish football, while Fuenlabrada’s bid for a play-off spot is up in the air.

The new cases detected in the Galician city mean a total of 21 traveling members of the team, both players and staff, have tested positive for the virus while at least eight positive cases have been picked up in Madrid.

In a statement Saturday, the club said: “We want to express our profound sadness and concern about the results of the recent PCR tests which show a total of 28 positive cases at CF Fuenlabrada.”

It said another two people who came into contact with club members had since tested positive for Covid-19.

Fuenlabrada confirmed that one of its players who had been admitted to hospital due to the virus on Friday remained under observation but did not have serious symptoms.

Fellow second division football clubs shared messages on social media wishing the affected Fuenlabrada members a speedy recovery.

Prosecutors in A Coruña on Friday announced they would launch a fact-finding probe to establish whether Fuendlabrada may have committed a criminal act by not declaring coronavirus cases detected in its ranks to the authorities before the team traveled to Galicia.

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