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Barcelona president Joan Laporta tests positive for Covid-19

The chief is in good health and asymptomatic

FC Barcelona Present New Player Ferran Torres Photo by Marc Graupera Aloma/Europa Press via Getty Images

Barcelona have confirmed that president Joan Laporta has become the latest person at the club to test positive for Covid-19.

The news comes as no great surprise given Laporta was present at Ferran Torres’s unveiling on Monday after which the new signing returned a positive test.

Here’s Barcelona’s statement:

“Due to having had direct contact with people who have recently tested positive for Covid-19, on Tuesday morning president Laporta took an antigen test which came out negative, and then in the afternoon a PCR test which came out positive.

“For that reason he will not be travelling to Linares on Wednesday or to Granada on Saturday as he will be self-isolating as indicated by the health authorities.

“President Laporta is in good health without any symptoms. First vice president Rafael Yuste tested negative in the PCR test but as a precaution he will not travel with the first team squad to Linares on Wednesday.”

Barcelona have had a host of players test positive for Covid-19 since returning from the Christmas break, although Clement Lenglet, Jordi Alba, Dani Alves, and Samuel Umtiti are already back with the team.