Coronavirus: Player at Italian third level is first European footballer analyzed

Coronavirus: Player at Italian third level is first European footballer analyzed

A player for Italian third division club US Pianese has tested positive for coronavirus, checking what is accepted to be the main instance of a footballer in Europe.

The Tuscan region affirmed on Thursday that the 22-year-old felt unwell on Saturday at a hotel in the Piedmont locale city of Alessandria in front of his team’s league game at Juventus under-23s.

The player, who has not been named, didn’t play on Sunday and was sent home, where he experienced tests that affirmed the positive case on Wednesday. He is recuperating in an emergency clinic in Siena.

An announcement from the Tuscany region read: “Two new suspected positive cases of Coronavirus in Tuscany. Both are awaiting confirmation by the Higher Institute of Health.

“One is a 22-year-old man in the Siena province, a Pianese player, who last Saturday had symptoms in a hotel in Alessandria, where he was training with the team ahead of Sunday’s game [at Juventus U23s.]

“He did not play the game as that morning, he had a high fever. The team returned to Piancastagnaio, while he went home. Wednesday morning, he was tested in his home and the results came back as positive in the evening.

“Since early this morning, he is at a hospital in Siena, in isolation. He is in good, healthy condition. Another player of the team felt the same symptoms, which the club is tracking.”

In the interim, a writer from Valencia has likewise gotten the disease following the conflict between the Spanish club and Atalanta in the Champions League, the city’s health ministry has affirmed.

LaLiga president Javier Tebas said he has a plan in place ought to there be any need to delay matches in Spain, where 15 individuals are at present associated with having the coronavirus as of Thursday.

“We have done a study in case we are forced to suspend matches for any reason and we have looked at how they would be made up,” said Tebas, who spoke during the Sports Summit MX. “We have shared this study with UEFA and they have had no issues with it. For us, the priority is to play out the rest of the league season, even if we are forced to do it behind closed doors.”

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