Wednesday March 18 2020
Commisso: 'Fiorentina staff in hospital'

Fiorentina President Rocco Commisso confirmed the club has “three members of the staff in hospital and a total of 8-10 positive cases” for coronavirus.

The Viola had previously stated that players Dusan Vlahovic, Patrick Cutrone and German Pezzella tested positive for COVID-19, along with some members of staff.

“We have three members of the staff in hospital and others who are contaminated and staying home, for a total of 8-10 positive cases,” Commisso told Sky Sport Italia.

It’s reported one of those taken to hospital with breathing difficulties is chief medic for the squad Luca Pengue.

Fiorentina set up a fund-raising initiative to help support the local hospitals dealing with this unprecedented pandemic.

“The only thing we can do is help those who are on the front lines. In 24 hours, we have raised circa €420,000. I want to thank Franck Ribery for his (€50,000) donation. We both feel so at home in Florence, as we were given such a warm welcome by the people here.

“The situation in America isn’t as serious as in Italy, but I’ve been closed in my home for the last five days with my wife and daughter. Joe Barone and my son Giuseppe are holed up in their hotel.

“I spoke to (coach Beppe) Iachini, Barone, with the lads who caught the virus and all the players. They know I am by their side and if it was up to me, I’d already be in Florence to support them, but unfortunately I’m not allowed to travel.”

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