Family of ex-Real Madrid president Sanz don’t know if body has been cremated with Spanish crematoriums ‘overflowing’ – The Sun

THE family of the late former Real Madrid president Lorenzo Sanz do not know if he has been cremated or not, with Spanish morgues "overflowing" as a result of coronavirus.

The ex-Bernabeu chief passed away last Saturday after contracting Covid-19.

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It had been reported that Sanz's son, who shares the same name as his late father, had claimed the body had been "lost" as it was transported between morgues.

But Sanz Jr has since refuted this claim.

He explained that the family know where the body is, but they do not know if it has been cremated.

Sanz wrote on Twitter: "In response to the erroneous news of a complaint by me about an alleged disappearance of my father's body, to clarify that we only said that we did not know if he had been cremated or not, since they had told us that they were overflowed and would notify us.

"Not that we didn't know where it was."


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Spain's coronavirus death toll rose by 769 today in the country's biggest single-day surge, taking the total killed to 4,858.

Sanz was set to be cremated at the San Isidro Crematorium on March 24 but the body was transferred to El Escorial, about 40 miles north west of capital Madrid.

The family have been kept informed of the body's whereabouts, but not much else.

Sanz, born in Madrid as the eldest of ten siblings, was a director at Real for a decade after joining in 1985 and was elected club president in 1995 – a position he held for five years.

Famously, the Spaniard oversaw the end of an enormous drought for the La Liga giants in the Champions League.

Without a title since 1966, Real claimed two titles during his tenure, beating Juventus in the 1998 final before downing Valencia in Paris two years later.

Club legend Iker Casillas lead the tributes to the former club chief, tweeting: "RIP President, a big hug to family and friends in these difficult times. And a very special memory for those who have also left us because of this fatal virus. Much strength to all."

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