Former Atletico Madrid defender Jose Luis Capon has died at the age of 72

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Mar. 29, 2020

The full-back played for the Spanish side throughout the 1970s where he won two league titles, a Spanish Cup and an Intercontinental Cup.

He made 269 total appearances for and was honoured with a testimonial match in 1980.

A club statement on Sunday read: “Today is a sad day for the rojiblanca family.

“Atletico de Madrid is in mourning for the death of our former player Jose Luis Capon Gonzalez. The former rojiblanco defender died at the age of 72 in his hometown.

“To remember Capon, the flag honouring our fans located in the Wanda Metropolitano will fly at half-mast for 24 hours in honour of our legendary player.

“With the departure of Capon, the Atletico family loses another of the symbols that gave everything for this club on and off the pitch.

“From the club, the president, chief executive officer and our board offer their sincere condolences to all his family and friends.”

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Parc y Scarlets is expected to be operational as a temporary hospital in around two weeks, providing up to 500 extra beds in the battle against coronavirus.

Work began on Monday to convert three areas of the stadium complex for medical use as the Scarlets work in partnership with the Hywel Dda University Health Board and Carmarthenshire County Council.

The Juno Moneta Arena training facility will house 252 beds, while there will also be a hospital area in the Quinnell Lounge in the South Stand and the first-floor concourse.

The beds in Llanelli are in addition to around 2,000 which are set to be installed at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff as Wales prepares itself for the peak of the pandemic.

“Things have progressed very quickly,” said Scarlets general manager of rugby Jon Daniels.

“We are aiming to be close to operational within a couple of weeks. It is a big task and a big challenge, but everyone is pulling in the same direction.

“It is a contingency plan – as with everything with coronavirus, nobody knows how long it is going to last and how bad it could get. A lot depends on how vigilant we are in following the guidelines issued by the government and the NHS in terms of isolating ourselves and social distancing.

“The better we are at following those guidelines, hopefully the less need there will be for facilities such as this.”

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