Sunday March 15 2020
Reina: 'Can't ignore coronavirus'

Milan-owned goalkeeper Pepe Reina warns Aston Villa, the Premier League and Britain “can’t just close their eyes and look the other way” during the coronavirus pandemic.

While most countries in Europe have focused on social distancing and urging people to stay home to stem the spread of the disease, the English game was the last to shut down and had until Friday planned to carry on with full crowds.

“In England, they told us to be prudent and try to stay at home as much as possible, but we’ve just got the weekend off and have been called in to train on Monday,” Reina told Marca.

“Only those clubs who had positive tests, like Chelsea or Arsenal, are in quarantine, but we are training as normal. It’d be madness to continue playing, as we all have to take this situation seriously.

“The other countries have already made radical decisions and we have to do the same. England can’t just close their eyes and look the other way. Life and health are more important than football.”

Reina joined Aston Villa on loan from Milan in the January transfer window.

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