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Coronavirus impacts sporting world as Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid and Leicester City players are quarantined

The deadly COVID-19 has greatly impacted the sporting world as more and players are reported to have confirmed cases of the diseases.

This comes as Daniele Rugani, a fringe player for Serie A champions, Juventus was diagnosed with the disease that has so far caused more than 4,600 deaths.

The development has led to the entire Juventus squad including Cristiano Ronaldo being made to spend the next two weeks in quarantine, leaving them unable to participate in their Champions League last-16 second leg against Lyon on March 17.

Even though Rugani has taken to Twitter to say he’s fine, Italy’s top-flight football is taking no chances and has announced the suspension of Serie A until at least April 3.

“You’ve read the news, so I want to reassure everyone who’s worried about me, I’m fine,” he said on Twitter.

Elsewhere in Spain, La Liga has also been suspended for the next two weeks after players of Real Madrid went into a two-week quarantine.

According to the Spanish club, the move was necessary after a basketball player at the club contracted the coronavirus. Both basketball and football teams share the same facilities in Ciudad Real Madrid.

This prompted officials of La Liga to issue a statement suspending football matches for the next two weeks.

“Given the circumstances known this morning, referring to the quarantine established at Real Madrid and the possible positives in players from other clubs, LaLiga considers that the circumstances are already in place to continue with the next phase of the protocol of action against COVID-19,” began a statement.

This means next Tuesday’s Champions League last 16-second leg with Manchester City will almost certainly be postponed.

England has also had its fair share. Three first-team players of Leicester City have self-isolated after showing symptoms of the deadly coronavirus.

Team Manager Brendan Rodgers believes this precautionary measure is timely as the Foxes travel Vicarage Road to face Watford in this weekend’s Premier League match.

The identity of the three players is currently unknown but Rodgers added that the club had “followed procedures”.

Already, coronavirus has seen dozens of matches being postponed with several others played behind closed doors, with no fans in attendance. Among them include the PSG-Dortmund and Atalanta-Valencia matches that were played behind closed doors in the Champions League.

 

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