Footballers in España undergo COVID-19 testing

MADRID.- Footballers in Spain returned Wednesday to their clubs’ training facilities for the first time since the country entered quarantine almost two months ago due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and other clubs had begun preparations for the return to training this week. Your players will have to undergo COVID-19 tests and, after receiving the results, they will have the go-ahead to train.

Most clubs are expected to re-endo practices by the end of the week.

Most players did not wear masks or gloves upon arrival at the facility, according to the Spanish press. Lionel Messi, Gerard Piqué and Luis Suárez were among those who entered the Barcelona complex without masks. Antoine Griezmann, Arturo Vidal and Ivan Rakitic had masks.


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At Real Madrid, Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Karim Benzema showed up without masks, as did many other teammates.

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Atletico spread photos of his players who arrived with masks and gloves to undergo their tests.

Overall, footballers didn’t spend much time on the team’s premises, less than 30 minutes.

Technicians also submitted for testing. Barcelona coach Quique Setién had gloves and mask upon arrival.

The club’s facilities were disinfected in recent days. In addition to the players, all the members of the technical staff and the rest of the staff involved in the trainings will undergo COVID-19 tests to participate in the trials.

The Spanish League wants the clubs to carry out daily tests on the players to start the trainings.

In a first phase, players’ jobs will be individually. Later you will be able to start group training and the last stage will allow you to all exercise together.

The League gave the clubs a protocol with a series of instructions for returning to training, detailing all the prevention measures that players and teams must take.

The goal is to meet a month of training before reviving the championship. The wish is that you can play again in June with no audience present in the stadiums.

Spain began this week to relax some of the restrictions after declaring an alarm state in mid-March. Footballers are among the athletes who have received authorization to return to the training facilities.

However, Eibar players and technicians issued a statement on Tuesday in which they expressed fear of the tournament restart amid the pandemic.