Spanish side Fuenlabrada's final match that was postponed after several players tested positive for coronavirus has been officially suspended and will not take place, denying the second division side a shot at promotion, La Liga announced on Sunday.
Fuenlabrada, who were due to play Deportivo La Coruna last week, confirmed 12 more positive tests on Saturday, bringing the number of cases at the club to 28.
Following the last round of matches, Fuenlabrada were left needing a draw to leap back into sixth place and clinch a playoff-promotion berth but La Liga confirmed the final spot will now be awarded to sixth-placed Elche.
La Liga said that since there was no alternative date available to play the match, they had no choice but to invoke the force majeure clause and suspend the game permanently -- a decision Fuenlabrada accepted.
A Fuenlabrada statement read: "We understand that LaLiga is not the only competent body to make this decision. The decision is also in the hands of the [Spanish FA's] RFEF's Competition Committee and, where appropriate, Spain's Sports Council (CSD).
"The fact that in the previous statement we announced that we would abide by the decision does not mean that it should not be taken by all the competent bodies and based on objective reports.
"FC Fuenlabrada does not consider itself out of the playoffs and awaits the resolution of the other competent bodies. It doesn't rule out that the decision may be to delay the game taking place the first week of August."
ESPN's Adriana Garcia also contributed to this report.