Uefa says play on af­ter two pos­i­tive tests at Atletico

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport Football - By Tom Mor­gan

Cham­pi­ons League quar­ter-fi­nal­ists hit by Covid-19 must com­pete as planned so long as they still have 13 play­ers avail­able, Uefa con­firmed yes­ter­day, af­ter two Atletico Madrid squad mem­bers tested pos­i­tive.

Euro­pean foot­ball’s gov­ern­ing body all but ruled out fresh post­pone­ments as Atletico re­turned to train­ing yes­ter­day af­ter­noon af­ter the rest of their squad tested neg­a­tive for the virus.

The club’s morn­ing ses­sion was post­poned and their plans to travel to the Por­tuguese cap­i­tal later were put on hold af­ter for­ward An­gel Cor­rea and in­jured de­fender Sime Vr­saljko tested pos­i­tive for the virus on Sun­day.

The club have now said Diego Sime­one’s side will fly out to Lis­bon to­day without the pair, who were iso­lat­ing at home af­ter test­ing pos­i­tive for the virus but were both asymp­to­matic.

Atletico face Ger­man side RB Leipzig on Thurs­day in the quar­ter­fi­nals, hop­ing to set up a last-four meet­ing with Paris St-Ger­main or Ata­lanta, who play to­mor­row.

“We re­fer you to the Uefa med­i­cal pro­to­col and the match is planned to be played as sched­uled,” Uefa said.

The Uefa pro­to­col for the last eight says: “If one or more play­ers or of­fi­cials of a club test pos­i­tive for Covid-19 in the tests re­quired by the Uefa Re­turn to Play Pro­to­col, the match will take place as sched­uled un­less the na­tional/lo­cal au­thor­i­ties of one or both clubs in­volved or of where the match will take place (in case of a neu­tral coun­try) re­quire a large group of play­ers or the en­tire team to go into quar­an­tine.

“If at least 13 play­ers reg­is­tered on the A list (in­clud­ing at least one goal­keeper) are avail­able, the match must go ahead on the sched­uled date.”

Por­tuguese po­lice ex­pect a max­i­mum of 200 fans to ar­rive from the eight clubs who have qual­i­fied for the mini-tour­na­ment to be held over the next fort­night.

The Pub­lic Se­cu­rity Po­lice will have up to 400 of­fi­cers on the streets to en­sure the sanc­tity of the bub­bles around the teams. That re­flects the stronger quar­an­tine mea­sures that are in place for Lis­bon’s three mil­lion res­i­dents, com­pared to their eight mil­lion com­pa­tri­ots.

Stay­ing away: An­gel Cor­rea was one of two Atletico play­ers who tested pos­i­tive for coro­n­avirus on Sun­day

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