An outbreak of Covid-19 cases in the Uruguay team is causing increasing alarm as captain Diego Godin became the 16th member to test positive for the virus on Friday after returning to his club.
The country’s Ministry of Health fined the Uruguayan soccer federation $ 15,000 (12,650 euros) for “non-compliance with health protocols” following the series of infections that occurred when the national team met for two world qualifiers.
Atlético de Madrid are furious after two of their players tested positive, including Luis Suárez. As a result, the forward missed Tuesday’s 2-0 home loss to Brazil.
Suárez, along with Lucas Torreira, is also not available for Saturday’s game against his former club Barcelona. Atlético president Enrique Cerezo criticized the laxity of the measures taken by the Uruguayan federation.
“They were not tested,” he told Cadena Ser radio on Thursday. In Spain, “players do not bathe. We monitor them before and after a game and training. “
According to Spanish media, La Liga intends to file a complaint with FIFA. “It saddens me that we are going on a witch hunt. We have been careful but we are not untouchable, ”Uruguay assistant coach Celso Otero said.
Health Minister Daniel Salinas was concerned about a photo posted on Twitter on Saturday that shows nine players gathered around a barbecue. Five of them have tested positive since then. “There has been a certain lack of concern,” the minister told reporters.
Defender Matías Viña was the first player to test positive after last week’s 3-0 win over Colombia. Play in the Brazilian Palmeiras, which has reported 17 cases of coronavirus.