Flamengo vice-president Mauricio Gomes de Mattos, who was part of a delegation that visited Real Madrid and Barcelona chiefs in Spain two weeks ago, has tested positive for the coronavirus. An employee in the Brazilian club’s marketing department, who was also on the trip, has likewise been infected.
The pair were in Spain in late February and early March as Flamengo directors attended Madrid’s Clásico win over Barça, meeting up with Los Blancos’ president, Florentino Pérez, and Blaugrana bosses such as sporting director Éric Abidal.
Gomes Mattos (seen to the right of Pérez in the top photo), who has been in hospital in Brasilia since Thursday, travelled to Spain in a Flamengo group also led by president Rodolfo Landim and Gustavo Oliveira, the club’s marketing vice-president.
On 28 February, they were hosted at Valdebebas, Madrid’s training ground, by the general manager José Ángel Sánchez and club scout Juni Calafat, two men with whom they have a close working relationship in the wake of the recent deals to take Vinicius Júnior and Reinier Jesus from Flamengo to the Bernabéu.