Man City v Real Madrid postponed due to crisis

Dave Kuzio:

Manchester City’s last-16 Champions League clash against Real Madrid has been postponed after Real Madrid were forced to quarantine their players.

The COVID-19 crisis is causing havoc in the sporting world at the moment following the suspension of the NBA season after Utah Jazz centre Rudy Gobert was diagnosed with the virus.

All the players and backroom staff of La Liga side Real Madrid were placed in quarantine on Thursday after a member of the Spanish cub’s basketball team tested positive for Coronavirus.

Both the football and basketball teams share the same training complex, so precautions were put in place with all players and staff members told to isolate for 15 days.

The decision to let the Real Madrid players self-isolate forced La Liga to postpone the next two rounds of fixtures, while the decision has now been made to cancel the game between Manchester City and Real Madrid at the City of Manchester Stadium on Tuesday, March 17.

A Manchester City statement read: “Manchester City’s UEFA Champions League fixture at home to Real Madrid has been postponed. The decision to postpone Tuesday’s game was made in conjunction with UEFA and follows confirmation that players from Real Madrid will self-isolate for fifteen days, after it emerged that a player from the club’s basketball team tested positive for COVID-19.

“The Club sends its best wishes to the players and staff at Real Madrid’s football and basketball teams. Further information regarding the rescheduled date and related ticketing information will follow in due course.”