List of Football Players, Staff and Club managers hit by Coronavirus pandemic
- Daniele Rugani
Juventus’s Daniele Rugani became the first player in Serie A top flight to be contracted with Coronavirus disease also known as Covid-19.
Italian football club Juventus announced on Wednesday 12th March 2020 that Rugani had tested positive for the pandemic.
“The footballer Daniele Rugani has tested positive for Coronavirus-COVID-19 and is currently asymptomatic,” Juventus said in a club statement.
“Juventus Football Club is currently activating all the isolation procedures required by law, including the census of those who have had contact with him.”
The 25-year old center-back went on his twitter account to encourage his followers to remain clam and that he is fine.
“You will have read the news and that’s why I want to reassure all those who are worrying about me, I’m fine,” Rugani tweeted.
“I urge everyone to respect the rules, because this virus makes no distinctions! Let’s do it for ourselves, for our loved ones and for those around us. #grazie.”
2. Blaise Matuidi
“Blaise Matuidi underwent tests which revealed he had Covid-19,” said a statement issued by Juventus on 18th March 2020.
“At first I didn’t really realise the seriousness of this illness,” said Matuidi on a video on Youtube.
“The disease has spread very quickly in Italy. Everyone has to be aware that this can hit us all … we have to follow the medical advice.
“If you can stay at home, look after yourself and your loved ones. Also think of those who are suffering and those nurses and doctors who are looking after them.”
3. Paulo Dybala
On 21st, It was confirmed that Paulo Dybala and his wife had tested positive for Covid-19.
A statement on the Juventus website read: “Paulo Dybala has undergone medical tests that revealed a positive result for Coronavirus-Covid 19. He has been in voluntary home isolation since Wednesday, March 11.
“He will continue to be monitored, following the usual regime. He is well and is asymptomatic.”
Paulo Dybala went on his twitter account to confirm that him and wife had both tested positive for Coronavirus. “Hi everyone, I just wanted to inform you that we have received the results for the Covid-19 test and both Oriana and I have tested positive”, Luckily, we are in perfect conditions. Thanks for your messages”, Dybala said.,” Dybala posted on Twitter
Hola a todos, quería comunicarles que acabamos de recibir los resultados del test del Covid-19 y tanto Oriana como yo dimos positivo. Por fortuna nos encontramos en perfecto estado. Gracias por sus mensajes y un saludo a todos 💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼 pic.twitter.com/g1X1Qtx2S3
— Paulo Dybala (@PauDybala_JR) March 21, 2020
Hi everyone, I just wanted just to inform you that we have received the results for the Covid-19 test and both Oriana and I have tested positive. Luckily we are in perfect conditions. Thanks for your messages.
— Paulo Dybala (@PauDybala_JR) March 21, 2020
4. Manolo Gabbiadini, Sampdoria
Sampdoria forward Manolo Gabbiadini also tested positive for coronavirus, Sampdoria FC confirmed on 12th March.
UC Sampdoria announces that Manolo Gabbiadini has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19),” a club statement read.
“Gabbiadini has a slight fever but is otherwise fine. The club is activating all isolation procedures as set out by the authorities.”
Following up with a post on Twitter, Gabbiadini wrote: “I’ve tested positive for coronavirus. I want to thank you all for the many messages I’ve received. I also want to let you know that I’m fine, so don’t worry.
“Follow the rules, stay at home and everything will work out.”
4. Omar Colley, 5. Albin Ekdal, 6. Antonio La Gumina, 7. Morten Thorsby, 8. Fabio Depaoli-Sampdoria.
Following forward Manolo Gabbiadini’s positive test for Covid-19, Sampdoria came on 13th March to confirm that three of its players have also contracted the disease.
A statement on Sampdoria’s website read: “UC Sampdoria announces that, following Manolo Gabbiadini’s positive test for COVID-19, in light of mild symptoms, players Omar Colley, Albin Ekdal, Antonino La Gumina and Morten Thorsby have received positive results, as has Dr Amedeo Baldari. They are all in good health and at home in Genoa.
Later on Fabio Depaoli said on his Instagram account that he had also contracted the coronavirus.
“Unfortunately, I tested positive for COVID-19. I want to reassure you that I’m fine,” the 22-year-old Depaoli wrote.
9. German Pezzella, 10. Patrick Cutrone, 11. Dusan Vlahovic- Fiorentina
On 15th March, Fiorentina confirmed the positive tests of Cutrone, German Pezzella, and club physio Stefano Danielli in a statement.
A statement said: ‘ACF Fiorentina announces that footballers Patrick Cutrone and German Pezzella and physiotherapist Stefano Dainelli also underwent tests, as they were showing some symptoms. All three resulted positive and are in good health at their homes in Florence.
Before that, On 13TH March, Fiorentina officially announced that 20-year-old Serbian striker Dušan Vlahović had tested positive for Coronavirus.
The club tweeted: “ACF Fiorentina can confirm that Dusan Vlahovic has tested positive for COVID-19. He is at home and currently does not have any symptoms”.
ACF Fiorentina can confirm that Dusan Vlahovic has tested positive for COVID-19. He is at home and currently does not have any symptoms.
— ACF Fiorentina English 🧢 (@ACFFiorentinaEN) March 13, 2020
12. Callum Hudson-Odoi
England and Chelsea’s forward Callum Hudson-Odoi was confirmed to have been positive of Coronavirus pandemic.
“Hi guys, as you may be aware, I had the virus for the last couple of days, which I’ve recovered from,” Hudson-Odoi said on his social media channels.
“I’m following the health guidelines and self-isolating for the week. I hope to see everybody soon and hopefully be back on the pitch very soon. Take care.”
Thank you for all your good wishes, as I said in the video I’m feeling good and hope to see you all soon!!🙏🏾❤️ pic.twitter.com/hn5d0ikm60
— Callum Hudson-Odoi (@Calteck10) March 13, 2020
13. Marouane Fellaini-Shandong Luneng
Fellaini became the first football player in China to have contracted coronavirus. This was announced on 22nd March. The Chinese Super League club Shandong Luneng announced on Sunday.
Dear friends, I have been tested for coronavirus and my test result is positive. Thanks to the fans, medical staff and the club for their care and attention. I will follow the treatment and hope to return to the game as soon as possible. Please everyone stay safe.❤️❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/xTczNLoz1w
— Marouane Fellaini (@Fellaini) March 22, 2020
14. Mikel Arteta-Arsenal manager
On 13th March, Arsenal confirmed that manager Mikel Arteta had tested positive for coronavirus.
“Our London Colney training centre has been closed after head coach Mikel Arteta received a positive COVID-19 result this evening,” an Arsenal club statement read.
“Arsenal personnel who had recent close contact with Mikel will now self-isolate in line with Government health guidelines. We expect this to be a significant number of people from Colney, including the full first-team squad and coaching staff, as well as a smaller number of people from our Hale End Academy which we have also temporarily closed as a precaution.
“We expect those who did not have close contact with Mikel to return to work in the coming days. In the meantime our Colney and Hale End training centres will undergo a deep clean and our other club sites are operating as normal.
“We will work with Public Health England on the next steps in regard to our facilities and staff, and with the Premier League, Football Association and relevant clubs around our forthcoming matches in the Premier League and Emirates FA Cup.
“It is clear we will not be able to play some fixtures on their currently scheduled dates. We will update supporters who have tickets for forthcoming games with more information as soon as possible.
“We are now working to trace any other people who have had recent close contact with Mikel. We will let them know what has happened and they should follow the NHS guidance which is likely to recommend self-isolation.”
On addition to those already discussed, we have the following.
15. Mattia Zaccagni, Verona
16. Mikel Arteta, Arsenal
17. Luca Kilian, Paderborn
18. Timo Hubers, Hannover
19. Jannes Horn, Hannover
20. Hyun-Jun Suk, Troyes
21. Ezequiel Garay, Valencia
22. Eliaquim Mangala, Valencia
23.. James Bolton, Portsmouth
24. Andy Cannon, Portsmouth
25. Sean Raggett, Portsmouth
26. Haji Mnoga, Portsmouth