CORONAVIRUS

Organiser of 'Covid-19 infected players vs. non infected' friendly identified by police

The 23-year-old has been working on the 'coronavirus fundraiser' friendly game which was scheduled to take place next Monday in the city of Pamplona.

Organiser of 'Covid-19 infected players vs. non infected' friendly identified by police
Eduardo Sanz - Europa Press EUROPA PRESS

Local police in the Navarra region have identified and denounced the organiser of a friendly football match between positive coronavirus players against non infected players which was scheduled to take place next Monday in the Mendillori district of the city of Pamplona.

The 23-year-old had been planning the friendly game with the intention to secure a few hundred paying spectators and now faces a potential fine of up to 3,000 euro for breaking article 34 of the nation's Civic Code according to police.

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The friendly game was billed as the "patxanga Mendillori" (the Mendillori kickabout) and according to the online publicity, the game was billed as a "charity game to help Covid-19 sufferers". Those interested in participating or spectating had to get in touch via Instagram.

The district of Mendillori in Pamplona has been one of the hardest hit in the city by coronavirus cases and the fact that an individual would try and stage an event of this nature has alarmed authorities in the city. Local police have called for people to: "apply common sense and avoid events like this or other large gatherings where social distancing cannot be guaranteed and where a health risk could materialise".