About 3,000 Spanish fans had come to watch the game on the 11th of march in England, then Spain were already about 640 000 cases of Covid-19.The soccer team of Atletico Madrid, during a match at Liverpool, on 11 march 2020. (PAUL ELLIS / AFP)
The match took place despite the threat of the coronavirus. The 8th-finals of the champions League between Liverpool and Atletico Madrid, played in front of 52 000 people on 11 march in England, “could be linked to the death of 41 people,” according to a british study published on Sunday 24 may. These deaths would have occurred in hospitals close to Liverpool between 25 and 35 days later, says this study based on the data of the health authorities of the United Kingdom and cited by the weekly The Sunday Times.
About 3 000 fans in madrid were then moved to Liverpool to attend the match, the last to be played prior to the judgment of athletic competitions in this country. According to the Imperial College London and the university of Oxford, Spain had at that time approximately 640 000 cases of coronavirus, compared with 100 000 in the United Kingdom.
“Accelerating the spread of the virus”
Last month, the labour mayor of the city of Liverpool had already been asked to investigate the role that had been able to play the match in the spread of the coronavirus in his city. On the eve of the match, LaLiga, the management body of the professional football Spanish, had decreed that the championship games of Spain were to be conducted behind closed doors.
Another match of the 8th finals of the champions League, Bergamo-Valencia, played on 19 February, in Milan – capital of Lombardy, the Italian region most severely affected by the pandemic, is believed to have played a role in the explosion in the number of cases of coronavirus. Walter Ricciardi, the representative of Italy to the world health Organization (WHO), has called this meeting of“accelerating the spread of the virus”.