MADRID (AP) — A decisive match between Deportivo La Coruña and Fuenlabrada in the second division of the Spanish league was postponed on Monday after some Fuenlabrada players tested positive for COVID-19.
Monday’s entire final round had been in danger of being postponed but all of the other matches — which the league originally wanted to be played at the same time — would go on as scheduled.
The league — along with the Spanish soccer federation and the nation’s sports council — said it was “the solution that best protected the health of players and the overall integrity of the competition.”
Fuenlabrada, based just south of Madrid, is trying to reach the promotion playoffs, while Deportivo — the 2000 Spanish league champion — is in danger of being relegated to the third division for the first time since the 1980-81 season.
The promotion playoffs, which were expected to begin on Thursday, will also have to be delayed. There was no date set for a new game between Deportivo and Fuenlabrada.