COVID-19 Affecting Football Fraternity

Coronavirus In Football

Only a few days ago, Real Madrid’s football and basketball team were quarantined as one of the players tested positive, Valencia reports infection within the Spanish football club. In an alarming report, more than one-third of the La Liga club Valencia’s players, coaches, and backroom staffs were tested positive of COVID-19. 

On Sunday, March 15, Valencia announced 5 cases of Coronavirus, but all cases were asymptomatic. Among the 5 cases, one was Argentina’s Ezequiel Garay, while another player from France, Eliaquim Mangala also contracted the virus. Following this incident, several other players, coaches, and staff were also tested positive, constituting at least 35% of the squad. 

Spanish football coach Francisco Garcia was tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, but on Monday, he lost the battle to the fatal virus. Garcia had Leukemia prior to the positive test result came out, which easily made him vulnerable to the virus, resulting in the grim demise of the 21-year-old coach of Atletico Portada Alta. 

Before Coronavirus turned into a full-blown epidemic affecting more than 180 thousand and still counting, Valencia squad took a trip to Milan to compete in a tie against Atalanta, in

the first leg of their Champions League last-16. Despite ‘high risk’ alert and several precautions in place, the club seems to have contracted the virus in their time away in Milan. 

The Argentinian defender Ezequiel Garay became the first La Liga player to have tested positive for Coronavirus. He posted about this recent development of the virus but also remained positive throughout his Instagram post, and follow up with health authorities in isolation. La Liga, the Spanish football league that boasts huge followers, has suspended the game tournament for 2 weeks, in the wake of the novel Coronavirus. 

The virus also infected Flamengo coach Jorge Jesus when he tested positive for Coronavirus and was quarantined in Rio De Janerio, as the second test is yet to be conducted. The Portuguese coach also wrote in his Instagram handle about how he feels entirely, even though he tested positive of the deadly virus. 

As COVID-19 scare grips the world, mass gathering remains restricted, resulting in many sporting events getting canceled or suspended. The decision has been made in accordance with public health and safety, yet the losses are a concern and staying prepared for an unprecedented outcome is all we can look forward to.

Sukanya Chakraborty

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