Juventus on lockdown after playing coronavirus infected team Pianese, their most recent opponents, whom they defeated 1-0.
The Italian giants have immediately stopped all training sessions, extended to Cristiano Ronaldo and his team-mates and put their under 23 players in quarantine after a trio from the Serie C side affected three players and the manager of that club.
Juve have told their under 23 players to remain in their homes until the 8th of March, but thankfully nobody has shown symptoms of the respiratory disease.
A source at the Turin club said: “The situation is being taken very seriously and the medical staff have told all the players to keep washing their hands and using hand gels.
“No one has tested positive but bearing in mind the Inter game has been postponed because of health concerns nothing is being taken for granted.
“Some of the players involved in the Under 23 match did train midweek with Ronaldo and the first team but that will now not happen again for a few weeks.”
The total number of people who have tested positive for the coronavirus in Italy has reached 1,128, with the death toll at 79.
The worst-hit areas are Lombardy, Veneto and Emilia-Romagna, with Bergamo and Milan also affected.
Juventus’ clash with Inter Milan, was scheduled to be played indoors on Saturday, however was postponed and now set to take place in May.
On Tuesday night, it was announced their Italian Cup semi-final second leg clash against AC Milan also was called off.
Third-tier Italian football has been suspended, as have rugby, volleyball and basketball leagues.
An official announcement is expected within the next few hours to decide whether to play or postpone Thursday’s match between Napoli and Inter at Stadio San Paolo.
EVENTS POTENTIALLY AT RISK OF NOT GOING AHEAD:
– Formula One races, including Grands Prix in Australia, Vietnam and Bahrain
– The summer Olympic Games – set to be held in Tokyo, Japan
– Euro 2020 tournament, hosted across the entire continent
FIFA President Gianni Infantino says the world governing body could step in to cancel next month’s England international friendlies because of the coronavirus.
Tottenham’s Son Heung-min has been forced to self-isolate for two weeks following his return from South Korea.
Arsenal ban journalists who are suffering from a cough from attending press conferences.
West Ham and Newcastle bans handshakes, forcing players to fist-bump and use anti-bacterial hand gel in a bid to stay safe.
Majority of Premier League sides are taking extra health and safety precautions, putting up extra signs warning fans coming through the turnstiles to clean their hands.
Fans gave their reaction to Juventus being on lockdown after playing the coronavirus infected team…
There are talks to suspend the Serie A season
— Shawn W (@BiscuitsDad30) March 1, 2020
Ronaldo when the entire Juventus squad has corona virus but there's a free penalty to take. pic.twitter.com/SEt5yKlqIY
— Saturnion (@Saturnion96) March 1, 2020
Imagine Ronaldo doing SUIII in empty stadium
— E (@esheikh_) February 27, 2020
Close the whole football season in Italy
— Sbu (@princelyshitski) March 3, 2020
Just scrap the season.
— Mike (@mickmccarthy0) March 3, 2020
It was NOT postponed for the coronavirus. The official decision was to have it played without crowd, but Juve couldn't afford to lose the money for the game, nor playing as shitty as they are playing now, so they pressured @SerieA to have it postponed. #JuveMafia #JuveInter
— Andre D. Keaton (@andre_d_keaton) February 29, 2020
— Michael Kelly (@MonkeyKello) February 29, 2020