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Spain players' association says privacy violated

AP , Sunday 10 May 2020
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Spain's association of soccer players has complained about the publication of the identity of an Atletico Madrid defender who tested positive for COVID-19.

Spanish media reported Friday that Atletico's Renan Lodi had tested positive for coronavirus. On Saturday, Atletico posted a message on an official club social media channel with a picture of the Brazilian. The message said: ``Renan Lodi says hello from his home. We will see you very soon on the field, Renan!''

The players' association said in a statement Saturday that the revelation of Lodi's identity violated Spanish law protecting his privacy.

``The legislation in our country makes it clear that under normal circumstances a company cannot obligate a worker who is on medical leave to make public his or her illness,'' the association said.

It is not clear how Lodi's name was first reported.

Over the last week professional soccer players in Spain have been allowed to return to their clubs for individual training while waiting for the competition to restart at a still to be determined date.

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