La Liga messages: a total of five positives in the first and second Spanish leagues
The management of the Spanish football La Liga announced that in the last week, when the clubs started testing during the pandemic of the new coronavirus, five players in the first and second league teams tested positive for covid-19. In all cases, there were asymptomatic infections, and the identities of the infected footballers were not revealed at La Liga.
At La Liga, they wrote in a press release that the players will remain in self-isolation, and in a few days they will be tested again and decide whether they can go to individual training sessions. La Liga has ensured that the identities of the infected will remain anonymous, although in the past few days the always well-informed Spanish media have already publicly exposed some infected footballers. Among other things, the teammate of the Slovenian national team goalkeeper Jan Oblak in the ranks of Atletico Madrid Renan Lodi.
As they added in the press release, the goal of universal testing of footballers on covid-19 was to find asymptomatic cases and exclude them from healthy ones, as such persons, although showing no symptoms, can infect other footballers and football workers.
Many clubs, including the champion and Barcelona’s leading team this season, have returned to individual training sessions after the competition was suspended in March. Second-placed Real Madrid, which is two points behind the Catalans before continuing (58/56), will hold its first training session after two months on Monday. At La Liga, they hope to continue the competition without spectators in June.