Real Madrid Teaching a lesson during the coronavirus crisis
Could you imagine Real Madrid wanting to return to training on Tuesday? Or Florentino Perez dividing his club in two?
Or Real Madrid spending 120 million euros on a signing and then filing an ERTE for the government to pay the wages of its employees?
Los Blancos, who are always under the microscope and who are always a magnet for criticism, are giving a lesson with how they’re dealing with the coronavirus crisis.
While other clubs, including Barcelona, have been making a meal of pay cuts, Real Madrid‘s players and directors reached a very amicable agreement without too much fuss.
In fact, they didn’t make much fuss with their donation to the Community of Madrid, nor with their decision to convert the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu into a storage centre for medical equipment.
Real Sociedad want to return to training on Tuesday.
Imanol has told his players that they can come to the club’s Zubieta training ground to continue their individual preparation, despite sporting activity still not being allowed by the Spanish government.
With fears of a second wave of coronavirus cases as the death figures continue to fall in Spain, is this really the right decision at this time?
Toshiro Muto, CEO of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, has his doubts over whether the Games will be able to take place in 2021.
“I don’t think anyone can say that COVID-19 will be under control in July 2021,” he said.
“We have made the decision to postpone the Games by one year, so this means that all we can do is work hard to prepare for the games, but nothing is guaranteed.”
This was a banner unfurled during a match in the Tajikistan Higher League, offering its support to Spain during the coronavirus crisis.
There have also been gestures of solidarity across the world, including with the Spanish flag being projected on the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
Radio MARCA is still going strong, despite having next to no live sport to report on.
From Edu Garcia and Javier Amaro of Marcador to Paco Gonzalez and Pepe Domingo Castano of Tiempo de Juego, they’re all doing a fantastic job.
Spanish golfer Miguel Angel Jimenez has made his feelings known about the Spanish government from his home in the Dominican Republic.
“Now it’s time, when this pandemic is over, for a complete resignation of the whole government in Spain for having mislead us in the way that they have, knowing what the WHO‘s recommendations were in February,” he told Canal Sur Radio.
“As soon as this is over, everyone has to [resign] because what they’ve done is massively deceive the Spanish people and what happened on March 8 with the feminist demonstration and Vox’s one on March 9 and now look at Madrid.
“All the guilt lies with those who are in government, who should leave [when this is over].”