Italian footballer tests positive for coronavirus

Rome (dpa) – An Italian footballer has tested positive for the coronavirus after showing flu symptoms ahead of a league game in the third-tier Serie C last weekend, local media reported Thursday.

The player of the Tuscany side Pianese, who remained unidentified, was reportedly tested Monday for the virus that originated in China last December.
He was to play with his team against Juventus U23 on Sunday, but felt weak and showed signs of fever the evening before the match. Juve host the home games of Italy's third tier of professional football at the Giuseppe Moccagatta stadium in Alessandria.
The footballer is said to have been treated in hospital in isolation Thursday at the Ospedale delle Scotte in Siena. Pianese are based in the nearby town of Piancastagnaio.
The Lega Pro, which organizes the Serie C league, cancelled several games in matchday 9, which were scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, and has curtailed the following round set for Sunday and Monday.
Four Serie A games are to be played behind closed doors in northern Italy on Saturday and Sunday. Spectators will possibly be present at Sunday's big match Juventus v Inter Milan. The Serie B has four closed-doors games at the weekend.
More than 520 cases of contagion and four deaths have been reported six days after a first case in a Veneto town. The outbreak is mostly affecting the northern regions of Lombardy and Veneto.


Thursday, February 27th 2020

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