Mallorca vs Barcelona: Xavi slams LaLiga over ‘crazy’ decision

Barcelona manager, Xavi Hernandez, has said it is “crazy” that this weekend’s match against Mallorca will go ahead, despite a COVID-19 outbreak at the club.

The Catalan side has 10 confirmed positive cases among their first-team squad.

Also, a further seven players are either suspended, injured or are a doubt for the game at San Moix.

However, LaLiga rules stipulate that fixtures must be played if clubs have at least five first-team players fit and available and can name a 13-man squad, with at least one goalkeeper, by drawing on the reserve team.

“We will turn to the B team and we will go there to win the game, but we have 17 players missing.

“I am worried. It seems crazy to me that [LaLiga] won’t suspend it. It makes no sense to play. We’re at the very limit. Common sense should have prevailed.

“The rules are very tough. Mallorca is in a similar situation, albeit not as severe. It’s chaotic, but we will go there for the three points,” Xavi said at a news conference.

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