New Covid cases compounds season-completion issues for La Liga’s second-tier

July 27 – Spain’s second tier has been thrown into further chaos after the fixture between Deportivo la Coruna and Fuenlabrada, the final game for both of them, was cancelled after an outbreak of Covid-19 cases at Fuenlabrada.

Deportivo La Coruna were controversially relegated when the fixture was already postponed when the game was called off and not rescheduled. But now it has been cancelled completely which means Fuenlabrada will not be able to contest  a play-off spot and will be replaced by Elche.

Fuenlabrada say they will not accept the decision which also confirmed Deportivo’s relegation since both Lugo and Albacete won their final games.

“Fuenlabrada want to express our profound pain and concern after the latest round of PCR tests showed a total of 28 positive cases at Fuenlabrada,” the club said in a statement on Saturday.

“There is a total of 12 new cases. Four of the new cases are in Madrid and they haven’t had any contact [with anyone else] since the match against Elche on July 17.

“The other eight new cases have been giving negative results since Saturday, July 18, and, despite staying in their rooms for the last six days, they have tested positive today.”

Deportivo have already said they will take legal action after what they believe was an “adulteration” of the competition.

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