Juventus defender Daniele Rugani fine after testing positive for coronavirus
Juventus and Italy central defender Daniele Rugani has tested positive for coronavirus. The coronavirus is a worldwide catastrophe and has affected over a lakh of people. Juventus have activated "all the isolation procedures required by law", including for those who have come into contact with the 25-year-old Rugani. Meanwhile, the players assured he is fine. Here are further details on Rugani.
Rugani stated that he is fine and urged everyone to respect the rules. "You've read the news, so I want to reassure everyone who's worried about me, I'm fine," Rugani said on Twitter, "I urge everyone to respect the rules, because this virus makes no distinction! Let's do it for ourselves, for our loved ones and for those around us."
According to a report in Reuters, the entire Juventus squad will spend two weeks in quarantine. The Serie A champions are due to host Lyon in the Champions League last-16 second leg on Tuesday. However, the match will now be postponed. Recently, Juventus' Serie A match against Inter Milan was held behind closed doors. The side won the match 2-0.
Meanwhile, the coronavirus outbreak in Italy has seen all sport in the nation get suspended until at least April 3. Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte announced the decision. Conte also extended a series of strict quarantine measures, which includes a ban on public gatherings. Italy's Olympic committee recommended the move after a special meeting was held.
La Liga in Spain has been suspended for the next two gameweeks. Moreover, certain games in the UEFA Champions League and Europa League are being played behind closed doors. Spanish club Real Madrid have been forced into coronavirus quarantine. Also, Formula 1 team McLaren have withdrawn from the Australian Grand Prix after a member contracted the coronavirus.