The match that El Pozo Murcia Costa Cálida was supposed to play yesterday on the Viña Albali Valdepeñas court, corresponding to the eighteenth day of the League in the First Division of futsal, was postponed a few minutes before the ball started rolling, when players had already jumped onto the court to warm up. It was like this because “a close contact” of a player from the Murcian team, goalkeeper Antonio Navarro, has tested positive for coronavirus. It was another crazy day for Giustozzi’s team, already used to this type of situation in a season full of shocks.
Just half an hour before one in the afternoon, which is when the start of the clash was set, and with the players of both teams warming up in the Virgen de la Cabeza pavilion it was learned that the match would not take place. The general director of ElPozo, Fran Serrejón, explained what happened. «The Competition judge of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has ruled the postponement and the circumstances are what they are. On Thursday all the members of our staff tested negative in the Covid tests they underwent and on Friday we started the trip to Valdepeñas normally, ”Serrejón said.
“This morning [ayer por la mañana para el lector] in the tests carried out on the subsidiary for the Second Division game that will be played on Monday [mañana] in Elche a positive has appeared from a player who lives with a member of the expedition with whom we have come to Valdepeñas, so it is close contact, “added Serrejón. And that is why the meeting was canceled, in which the butchers could seal their classification for the Spanish Cup.
Giustozzi’s men, with four games already pending, will have to play 8 times in 21 days during the month of February
Improvisation and bewilderment. Again, the RFEF sowed uncertainty and reacted very late. So much so that only at the end, when the teams were already warming up, did the order arrive that the game be postponed. The subsidiary goalkeeper Antonio Navarro had had close contact with the subsidiary player who had tested positive before tomorrow’s clash against Elche, from Segunda. And the RFEF ordered the suspension of the match. On other occasions and in similar circumstances, as in the case of Viña Albali-Barça itself, the match was postponed but only for one day. This time, in addition, the Murcian team’s squad took the antigen test in the morning at nine. And they were all negative. But this did not work for the RFEF, which decided the suspension with only eight minutes to go, with television already live and the teams finishing the warm-up.
In this way, ElPozo Murcia Costa Cálida has already accumulated four postponed matches and none has a date set for their dispute. In addition, now there is a break due to the celebration of official matches of national teams. Thus, Giustozzi’s team will get into a maelstrom in February where they will have to play eight games in twenty-one days. The competition is compressed and the circumstances do a lot of damage to a team that came to this match in the best form of the season, after their fantastic triumph last Tuesday in Torrejón de Ardoz.