Deportivo La Coruna-Fuenlabrada game suspended by La Liga after positive COVID-19 tests

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MADRID, July 26 (Xinhua) — The Spanish football league (La Liga) on Sunday announced that the last game of the season in the second division, which should have been played between Deportivo la Coruna and Fuenlabrada, has been suspended indefinitely.

The decision means that Deportivo will play next season in the third tier of the Spanish game, while Fuenlabrada miss out the chance of a top-six finish and a place in the play-offs for promotion to the first division.

The match had been due to be played on July 20 along with the rest of the last round matches in the division, but was suspended hours before kick-off after six Fuenlabrada players and three members of the technical staff received positive test results for the COVID-19.

The tests were carried out after another member of the Fuenlabrada squad had tested positive, but the club travelled to A Coruna in the northwest of Spain before receiving the results.

With the match postponed, the Fuenlabrada squad was placed in quarantine in a hotel in A Coruna and five more players subsequently tested positive for the COVID-19 during the week, with one taken to hospital.

Meanwhile the results of the games played elsewhere on Monday meant Deportivo were relegated without kicking a ball, while Elche’s win at home to Oviedo lifted them into the last play-off spot with a point more than Fuenlabrada.

This caused further controversy with Deportivo threatening legal action after alleging that not being able to play at the same time as everyone else and thus pressuring their rivals in the battle to avoid relegation had adulterated the competition.

Elche were also unhappy that if the game between Deportivo and Fuenlabrada went ahead, Fuenlabrada would need just a point to overtake them from a rival that now had nothing to play for.

La Liga’s decision means Elche will now face Zaragoza in one play-off semifinal, while Almeria and Girona will play the other. Enditem

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