Thursday September 10 2020
Official: De Laurentiis has COVID-19

Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis has tested positive for COVID-19, but it’s reported he attended the Lega Serie A meeting yesterday despite having symptoms.

There were rumours last night that one of the Presidents or directors who attended the 20-club meeting in Milan had tested positive.

It was announced this morning via the club statement that it was Napoli President De Laurentiis.

The story presented by La Repubblica is considerably more damning of his behaviour, because he may well have put the others unnecessarily at risk.

According to the report, De Laurentiis had symptoms for several days and had taken the test, but didn’t wait for the results before attending the meeting.

He had put his symptoms down to 'an allergic reaction to some bad oysters.'

On top of that, eye-witnesses claim De Laurentiis was not always wearing his mask correctly when speaking with the other club Presidents, but even with reporters after the meeting.

He was filmed walking out of the assembly without a mask and speaking to a crowd of gathered reporters.

Now all those who attended the Lega Serie A summit will have to be tested and potentially self-isolate as a precaution.

Considering the Serie A season is meant to kick off on September 19 and the transfer market negotiations are in full swing, it’s a damaging turn of events.

Monza and former Milan President Silvio Berlusconi is currently in hospital after suffering from pneumonia related to COVID-19.