China PR and Espanyol star Wu Lei has tested positive for COVID-19 in Spain, the Chinese Football Association (CFA) confirmed on Saturday.
Wu Lei, 28 years 0f age, had became only the second player from his country to join the Spanish top division in January 2019 after making a move from Chinese Super League giants Shanghai SIPG.
CFA officially confirmed Wu Lei has contracted Covid-19. The 28-year-old striker, who showed mild symptoms, is under treatment in Barcelona. All 3 Chinese players tested positive for Covid-19 so far contracted the virus in Barcelona: Wu Lei + other 2 under-18 young players. pic.twitter.com/yk1IuyxZag
— Titan Sports Plus (@titan_plus) March 21, 2020
“The CFA has learned from RCD Espanyol that Wu Lei, a member of the Chinese men’s football team who plays for the club, has been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus. The player has mild symptoms and is currently undergoing treatment,” CFA said in a statement.
“The CFA has maintained close communication with Wu Lei himself and the Spanish club, and will provide all necessary assistance as required. We wish Wu Lei a speedy recovery,” the Chinese football body said.
AFC Asian Cup 2019: Philippines 0-2 China PR – Wu Lei (66′)
Ironically, all three Chinese footballers (including two U-18 players) who have tested positive for the disease so far have contracted the virus in Spain despite China being the epicentre of COVID-19 outbreak.
Spain has 21,571 confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection so far and over 1,000 deaths from the pandemic.
2020/2021 Laliga Season To Begin On September 12
The President of the Spanish Football Association, Laliga, Javier Tebas says, the 2020/2021 football season will begin on September 12, 2020.
Speaking in an online forum organised by Spanish newspaper Marca on Friday May 29, the president said, “God willing that day will be September 12 and hopefully we’ll be able to say we have overcome this most difficult period but at least we will be better prepared.”
“The important thing will be when the season finishes although we’ll only be able to congratulate ourselves when we start the following season,” Tebas added.
The information comes after government approval last week. With the current season set to start up again on June 11 and finish on July 19, all matches will be played without spectators although fixtures are yet to be officially confirmed. FC Sevilla will take on Real Betis FC in the opening match. Barcelona led Real Madrid by two points at the top of the table when La Liga was halted in March.
Spain’s top-flight division one football championship was suspended in March due to the coronavirus pandemic
The president also revealed that, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, organisers have been working hard behind the scenes for the restart the season practical, although many of the logistical problems will depend on how the country’s regional governments are easing lockdown measures.
Going by him, there are more than 130 people at La Liga working so that everything can be done, in a new way: travelling, organisation, everything.
Restrictions are gradually being lifted across Spanish territories, with several areas now having moved from Phase One to Phase Two.
Tebas has led the campaign to get the season back on track since it was postponed on March 12, warning that clubs could lose up to one billion euros ($1.11 billion) collectively if the remaining 11 rounds of matches could not be completed.
Nevertheless, the German Bundesliga has already played three match days following its restart earlier this month, while the English Premier League and Italy’s Serie A are also set to return in mid-June. But the top-flight seasons in France, Belgium and the Netherlands have all been<
By Etienne Mainimo
Coronavirus: LaLiga Fest raises €625k as Pique talks of ‘invincible’ unity
LaLiga stars and musicians came together for LaLiga Fest on Saturday, where a huge sum was raised to buy medical equipment.
LaLiga Fest raised more than €625,000 on Saturday as Barcelona stalwart Gerard Pique spoke of the need for unity amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Where Saturday nights would normally consist of fixtures in Spain’s top flight, the live action was restricted to performances on an internet stream.
A host of LaLiga stars – including Pique – addressed supporters, while musicians performed at the online festival.
Fans were encouraged to donate to the Banco Santander Foundation, where the money would be used to buy medical equipment to combat COVID-19.
There have been over 72,000 confirmed cases of the virus in Spain, with close to 6,000 deaths.
The total raised ticked past €625,000 as the festival ended, although donations would continue to be welcomed until Sunday afternoon.
Barca’s Pique was the most high-profile star to address those watching, as he claimed players and supporters alike could be “invincible together”.
“Without training, at home and trying to stay in shape, it is not easy,” the World Cup winner said. “We will get through it between all of us.
And above all…
Thanks to YOU!
— LaLiga English (@LaLigaEN) March 28, 2020
“It is a difficult situation, but doing something like what LaLiga is doing makes us feel proud of the players and the fans.
“It is something unique that means any LaLiga fan is able to contribute their grain of sand. I am very happy to be able to participate in such an initiative.
“There is rivalry when we are on the field of play, but when people need us, we are united.
“There will be a cost, it is difficult, we will have difficult times. Others will suffer it in person, but we have to make it through together. We are all invincible together.”
Coronavirus: Ex-Barcelona goalkeeper Rustu Recber hospitalised with COVID-19
Rustu Recber returned a positive coronavirus test and has been hospitalised in Turkey.
Turkey great Rustu Recber has been hospitalised after testing positive for coronavirus, his wife Isil has revealed.
Goalkeeper Rustu spent much of his club career at Fenerbahce, including a loan stint with the Turkish Super Lig giants during a three-year stay at Barcelona.
A star of the 2002 World Cup, Rustu played just seven times for Barca – all within the 2003-04 season – but retired aged 39 in 2012 with 120 international caps to his name.
The 46-year-old’s wife Isil posted on her Instagram page on Saturday to inform fans of her husband’s diagnosis.
“I would like to give you more positive news while sharing the truth in the most transparent way, but I’m sorry to say that my husband Rustu is hospitalised with the diagnosis of COVID-19,” she wrote.
“We are shocked by the rapid symptoms that developed suddenly when everything was normal. These are critical and difficult times.
“May Allah give emergency relief to all patients, including my dear husband.
“My only request is that people can be a little more conscientious and respectful in the process. In the tests we have done, my daughter and son were negative and only my husband was positive.
“For this reason, we are at home while he’s in hospital, and we are not allowed to see him. In fact, this is the most difficult part, not being able to be with him.
“Allah is great and is entrusted to him and the Turkish doctors. I hope this will pass.”
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