Covid denies Fuenlabrada their La Liga promotion chance

A Fuenlabrada player is taken to hospital Source: Getty

Second division Fuenlabrada appear to have been denied a shot at promotion to La Liga with their final game scrapped because of a COVID-19 outbreak at the club.

Spanish side Fuenlabrada's final match has been officially suspended and will seemingly not take place, denying the second division side a shot at promotion.

Fuenlabrada, who were due to play Deportivo La Coruna last week, confirmed 12 more positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the number of cases at the club to 28.

Following the last round of matches, Fuenlabrada were left needing a draw to leap back into sixth place and clinch a playoff-promotion berth. 

La Liga said that since there was no alternative date available to play the match, they had no choice but to invoke the force majeure clause and suspend the game permanently -- a decision that appeared to have been accepted by Fuenlabrada.

But while LaLiga claimed it had communicated the "definitive suspension of the match" to the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), and that sixth-placed Elche would retain the final play-off spot, the matter appears far from finished.

LaLiga responded by expressing its "absolute appreciation" for Fuenlabrada's "enormous sacrifice" and the league's president, Javier Tebas, publicly took responsibility for the awkward situation, tweeting: "FOOTBALL OWES YOU ONE."

Fuenlabrada released a follow-up statement clarifying their view that the match could still take place in early August, adding: "We understand that LaLiga is not the only competent body to make this decision.

"The decision is also in the hands of the RFEF Competition Committee and, where appropriate, the CSD [National Sports Council].

"Fuenlabrada is not considered out of the play-off and remains pending the resolution of the other competent bodies."

Source AAP