- Marco Sportiello has been infected with the coronavirus
- The Atalanta backup goalkeeper is currently not showing symptoms
- The club says the 27-year-old has been placed on quarantine
Atalanta second choice goalkeeper Marco Sportiello has tested positive for the dreaded coronavirus although he is said to be in stable condition at the moment, Mirror reports.
The 27-year-old is said not to be showing any symptoms as coronavirus cripples all forms of social activities in the country.
Italy has so far recorded more deaths than any other country with almost 7000 losing their lives to the ravaging epidemic.
Sportiello is now the first Atalanta player to test positive for the infection as the club stated that he is now under quarantine.
“We hereby inform you that the local health authorities have communicated today to the club the positivity of COVID-19 of the footballer Marci Sportiello.'
It continues: “Marco is currently asymptomatic. The preventive quarantine, for Marco and all members of the first team, will end of 27 March 2020.”
Juventus stars Daniele Rugani, Blaise Matuidi as well as Paulo Dybala and girlfriend have also contracted the virus.
Milan legend Paolo Maldini and son Daniel have tested positive to the deadly coronavirus. Manolo Gabbiadini, Omar Colley, Albin Ekdal, Antonino La Gumina and Morten Thorsby have all tested positive, including Dusan Vlahovic of Fiorentina.
Coronavirus is taking a graver turn in the world and tragically, the virus has wreaked more havoc in sports as all football activities seem to be coming into a sudden halt.
The damage of the deadly virus hit the crescendo this week as all Premier League, Serie A and Bundesliga matches have also been postponed till April.
To aggravate the problem, UEFA has cancelled all the elite competitions, with all the fixtures scheduled for next week in both Champions League and Europa put on hold pending the time the world will find a solution to the epidemic.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Cristiano Ronaldo and his agent Jorge Mendes are reportedly set to join forces in a bid to help fight the dreaded coronavirus in Portugal, SunSport reports.
The Juventus striker’s agent Mendes has made a donated heavily by purchasing vital medical items for the Sao Joao hospital in Portugal. It was reported that the super-agent bought 200,000 gowns and three ventilators for the hospital located in the Portuguese capital Porto.
The country’s National Institute of Medical Emergency (INEM) field tent was specially set up at the location to help fight the dreaded disease.
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