Madrid, July 15
Real Madrid trophy wins are normally marked by lots of followers flocking to town’s Cibeles fountain, the place they’re joined by the crew on an open-top bus earlier than heading into the Santiago Bernabeu stadium to proceed the get together. But their imminent La Liga title triumph, which shall be clinched with victory in opposition to Villarreal tomorrow, will really feel very completely different resulting from public warning about mass gatherings amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Real are set to wrap up the title with none followers current at their tiny Alfredo Di Stefano stadium inside their coaching complicated, the place they’ve been enjoying residence matches so as to speed up renovation work to the Bernabeu. The conventional get together at Cibeles has additionally been referred to as off, with Real releasing a press release urging followers to not collect within the metropolis centre.
“In the event that Real Madrid are proclaimed champions, our players will not go to the traditional venues, especially the Cibeles square, so we also ask our members and fans that they do not go to these places either,” the Real Madrid assertion stated, including: “In this sense, we must all contribute, as up to now, with absolute responsibility to avoid risks of spreading the pandemic…. Any possible victory for our team should not be a huge step backwards in everyone’s fight against this pandemic.”
The native authorities, in the meantime, is deploying greater than 200 nationwide law enforcement officials to forestall crowds assembling, with mayor Jose Luis Martinez-Almeida additionally asking individuals to remain away. Police are eager to keep away from a repeat of scenes of supporters thronging the streets outdoors Cadiz’s stadium final week in anticipation of sealing promotion, which drew widespread criticism on social media.
Journalist and tv character Tomas Roncero believes his fellow Real supporters will behave appropriately. “Madrid fans know these are special circumstances and they don’t want to be blamed for another surge in infections in the city,” he stated. “Most fans will celebrate at home or in local town squares, it’s going to be a very controlled celebration, unlike any before.”
Even although it is going to be a restrained get together, Roncero stated the title will nonetheless carry pleasure to many individuals in one of many worst-affected nations in Europe by the virus. “Real Madrid has the most fans in Spain and like everyone else they have suffered during the pandemic. But they can be proud of the team for winning the title with so much dignity and bringing them a smile in this tough period,” he added.
Real coach Zinedine Zidane prevented discussing toasting the title till it was mathematically sealed, however stated he hoped his facet’s successful run may supply individuals aid. “Football is a way to forget and escape from day-to-day life and we are thinking about our fans who cannot come to see the games,” he stated. “We know they are looking to us and they can be proud of what this squad is doing.” — Reuters