CORONAVIRUS is having a negative impact on sports worldwide and many leagues around the world has been suspended for the mean time until further notice. Many footballers and football managers have tested positive to the virus but so far, no known football star has been reported dead.
Elite football in England has been put on hold until April 30, with several other leagues across Europe also being postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak. The COVID-19 disease, which originally broke out in China, has infected more than 219,000 people worldwide and caused over 8,900 deaths.
Sportslight Xtra has rounded up confirmed cases of the coronavirus in professional football.
A host of players from Serie A have tested positive for COVID-19. Italy’s top-flight is suspended until April 3, with the whole county in lockdown following the outbreak.
Juventus centre-back Daniele Rugani became the first player in the league to contract the virus.
Since then, players from Sampdoria and Fiorentina have also been infected.
Fiorentina has confirmed that German Pezzella, Patrick Cutrone and Dusan Vlahovic have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Sampdoria stars Manolo Gabbiadini, Omar Colley, Albin Ekdal, Antonio La Gumina, Morten Thorsby and Fabio Depaoli have also been affected by the outbreak.
Rugani’s team-mate Blaise Matuidi has also tested positive for COVID-19, with fellow Juve star Paulo Dybala the latest player to be diagnosed.
Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi, 19, became the first Premier League player to test positive for coronavirus.
The Blues’ full squad has gone into self-isolation but the club say Hudson-Odi is “doing well”.
Arsenal head coach, Mikel Arteta also tested positive for COVID-19 and the club have closed their training facilities while players and staff who had close contact with Arteta self-isolate.
“This is really disappointing,” said the 37-year-old Spaniard. “I took the test after feeling poorly. I will be at work as soon as I’m allowed.”
Paderborn defender Luca Kilian became the first player in the Bundesliga to be diagnosed with the coronavirus.
Hannover’s Timo Hubers has also contracted the illness.
In Ligue 2 in France, Hyun-Jun Suk of Troyes has tested positive for COVID-19.
Valencia defender, Ezequiel Garay became the first player in La Liga to contract the coronavirus, with team-mate Eliaquim Mangala also being infected.
Former Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini, now with Chinese Super League club Shandong Luneng, has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
In the EFL, four Portsmouth players – James Bolton, Andy Cannon, Sean Raggett and Haji Mnoga – have tested positive for the virus.
Coronavirus in football – Ezequiel Garay, Valencia
Albin Ekdal, Sampdoria
Antonio La Gumina, Sampdoria
Morten Thorsby, Sampdoria
Fabio Depaoli, Sampdoria
German Pezzella, Fiorentina
Patrick Cutrone, Fiorentina
Dusan Vlahovic, Fiorentina
Mattia Zaccagni, Verona
Jannes Horn, Hannover
Eliaquim Mangala, Valencia
Marouane Fellaini, Shandong Luneng
James Bolton, Portsmouth
Andy Cannon, Portsmouth
Sean Raggett, Portsmouth
Haji Mnoga, Portsmouth