Spain’s football federation offers lodging, medical staffs to tackle coronavirus crisis

By: Reuters | Barcelona |

Published: March 25, 2020 11:14:00 pm

Hospital staff cheer and thank their neighbors, who have been taking to their balconies every night to thank the health care workers, at the Barcelona Hospital Clinic on Sunday, March 22, 2020. (Samuel Aranda/The New York Times) 

Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) president Luis Rubiales has offered the country’s health service the national team’s lodging and some of its staff to help cope with the coronavirus crisis.

Spain’s health ministry reported a rise to 3,434 deaths on Wednesday, with more than 47,000 cases in the country, which is the worst affected in Europe behind Italy.

“The national team’s hotel is at the disposition of the authorities as a hospital, for health workers to stay in, whatever they need,” Rubiales told a news conference.

“Our psychologists and physiotherapists are also at the disposition of the health service workers,” he added

Rubiales also pledged RFEF financial help to clubs which need it because of the coronavirus crisis hitting their earnings as Spanish soccer has been put on hold indefinitely.

The RFEF was planning to open a line of credit worth 500 million euros ($540 million) to clubs who will not be able to claim their full television rights, which could be paid back over five years, while 4 million euros will be loaned to non-professional clubs for both men and women.

“We want to sit down with La Liga to talk about the problems that some clubs might have,” Rubiales said.

“My message is one of union, hope, discipline. All of football, from the modest to the elite, we should send a message of solidarity, together we will stop this virus,” he added.

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