An outbreak of COVID-19 cases in the Uruguayan squad sparks growing concern as captain Diego Godin became the 16th member to test positive for the virus after returning to his club.
File image of Diego Godin. AFP
Montevideo: An epidemic of COVID-19[female[feminine The cases in the Uruguayan squad are causing growing concern as captain Diego Godin became the 16th member to test positive for the virus on Friday after returning to his club.
The country’s health ministry sentenced the Uruguayan football federation to a fine of 15,000 dollars (12,650 euros) for “non-compliance with health protocols” following the series of infections that occurred while the national team were gathered for two World Cup qualifiers.
Atletico Madrid are furious after two of their players have tested positive, including Luis Suarez. The forward missed the 2-0 home loss to Brazil on Tuesday.
Suarez, along with Lucas Torreira, is also unavailable for Saturday’s game against his former club Barcelona.
Atletico president Enrique Cerezo criticized the lax measures taken by the Uruguayan federation.
“They haven’t been tested,” he said Radio Cadena Ser Thursday. In Spain, “the players don’t shower. We watch them before and after a match and training.”
According to Spanish media, LaLiga intends to file a complaint with FIFA.
“I am sad that we are going on a witch hunt. We have been careful, but we are not untouchable,” said Uruguay assistant coach Celso Otero.
Health Minister Daniel Salinas was troubled by a photo posted on Twitter on Saturday showing nine players gathered around a barbecue. Five of them have since tested positive.
“There has been some lack of concern,” the minister told reporters.
Defender Matias Vina was the first player to test positive following last week’s 3-0 win over Colombia. He plays for Brazilian club Palmeiras, which have reported 17 cases of coronavirus .
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