Mariano Diaz, foreground, wrestling with Sidnei - REX / SIPA

Despite the announcement of two cases of positive players for Covid-19 (Tuesday at Real Madrid and Wednesday in Seville), UEFA remains "confident" in the smooth running of the Champions League and the Europa League, said Thursday a spokesperson for the body at AFP.

Real Madrid, who announced the positive control of their Dominican striker Mariano Diaz on Tuesday, are due to face Manchester City in the knockout stages of the Champions League on August 7 in England. Sevilla FC, which for its part deplored a case of coronavirus among its players on Wednesday (its identity has not been revealed), has an appointment with AS Rome in the round of 16 second leg of the Europa League on August 6 in Germany. Both players have since been placed in quarantine.

Sevilla suspends training

"We are confident that these cases will not affect the regular holding of the matches in question, in Manchester and Duisburg respectively," said the spokesperson for the European body. UEFA is in contact with Real Madrid and Sevilla FC and is monitoring the two situations and the decisions of the competent Spanish authorities ”.

These two positive cases had different effects in the preparation of the two clubs. While Sevilla have suspended all team training, there is less concern in Madrid, Mariano Diaz having had no recent contact with his teammates.


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