The Coronavirus threat has continued to wreak havoc across the world and, unsurprisingly, the world of football has also failed to escape its wrath. Several football leagues, including La Liga, Premier League and Serie A, have been temporarily suspended due to the growing fear of coronavirus which has claimed close to 9,000 lives across the world. The impact of COVID-19 has directly affected the players, managers, staff, federation and clubs presidents who have tested positive for the virus. Also Read - Covaxin For Children Above 2 Years Will Be Available In By September, Says AIIMS Chief Randeep Guleria
As of Thursday, more than 30 football players have been impacted by the COVID-19. In addition, a 21-year-old footballer, Francisco Gracia has been reported dead after testing positive for coronavirus. The football star was diagnosed with Covid-19, Garcia, from Malaga, Spain, on Friday after he was diagnosed with leukemia. Also Read - Kerala Extends Lockdown By 1 Week, Worship Places To Reopen With Entry of 15 People Only
Earlier, reports came out that a Brazilian player who plays in China’s domestic league has been found positive for Corona. This was the first instance in Chinese football because of which the entire football season in the country has been postponed. Although the name of the player has not been revealed, Chinese media says that Manzhou Hakka is striker Dorilton of the club. Also Read - Mumbai Local Trains Will Not be Open Now, Confirms Maharashtra Govt; Passenger Associations Warn of Protest
On Wednesday, it is learnt that Spanish football team Alaves confirmed 15 people from the club have tested positive for coronavirus, including three first-team players. Alaves said seven members of the La Liga club’s coaching staff had also tested positive, along with five other employees.
A club statement added: “The club made the decision to carry out the tests within the policy of responsibility for the people who are part of our family and the results have shown it was the best way to urgently locate the cases and implement preventive measures to reduce, as far as possible, more infections.
In England, just minutes after the Premier League announced that games would go ahead as planned, Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta was confirmed to have contracted the virus. As a result, the entire Gunners squad was quarantined and their game against Brighton was postponed.
Before Arteta testing positive, Olympiacos owner Evangelos Marinakis revealed he had the virus after his side’s Europa League win over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
Meanwhile, Chelsea star Callum Hudson-Odoi was confirmed to have been a positive Covid-19 case, but later revealed that he had recovered from the virus.
Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy has also been forced to self-isolate when it emerged that a family member had contracted the virus.
On March 13, Everton announced that their squad was in self-isolation after a player reported symptoms consistent with those of coronavirus.
In Serie A a number of players have tested positive for Covid-19, the most notable being Juventus defender Daniele Rugani .
France World Cup winner Blaise Matuidi become the second Juventus player to test positive for the virus. He is currently at home self-isolating and showing no symptoms.
South of Turin in Genoa, Sampdoria striker Manolo Gabbiadini became the second player in Serie A to be confirmed as having contracted COVID-19.
The club later confirmed that Gabbiadini’s team-mates Albin Ekdal, Antonino La Gumina, Morten Thorsby, Fabio Depaoli and Bartosz Bereszynski had also tested positive, as well as club doctor Amedeo Baldari. Omar Colley was also reported to have tested positive but the defender later denied that claim on Instagram.
Fiorentina players Dusan Vlahovic, Patrick Cutrone and German Pezzella have all tested positive for Covid-19.
The list also includes a player from Watford, one player from the Everton club, Arthur Borac, four players from Bournemouth.