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Saturday March 14 2020
Prandelli: 'I lost friends to Coronavirus'

Former Italy and Fiorentina coach Cesare Prandelli reveals he has “lost friends” to the Coronavirus outbreak. “Unfortunately, I think we closed everything down a week too late.”

There have now been 1,266 deaths in Italy from the pandemic, which began three weeks ago.

“I lost friends to this and that is just terrible. All we can do is stay home and avoid social contact,” Prandelli told Lady Radio.

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Saturday March 14 2020
Pezzella: 'Soon just another story to tell'

Fiorentina defender German Pezzella sent a message via Instagram after he and teammates Patrick Cutrone and Dusan Vlahovic tested positive for Coronavirus.

“As you know, after the tests and two days with some symptoms, they confirmed I have COVID-19,” wrote the Argentina international.

“The symptoms have now disappeared and I am at home following the procedures indicated by my club’s medical staff.

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Saturday March 14 2020
Pezzella and Cutrone contract Coronavirus

Fiorentina players Patrick Cutrone and German Pezzella have both tested positive for the Coronavirus, following the announcement last night that Dusan Vlahovic has also tested positive.

Fiorentina announced last night that striker Vlahovic tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, as the Coronavirus is otherwise known as.

Vlahovic follows Juventus’ Daniele Rugani and five Sampdoria players, Omar Colley, Albin Ekdal, Antonino La Gumina, Manolo Gabbiadini and Morten Thorsby in contracting the virus.

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Friday March 13 2020
Vlahovic tests positive for Coronavirus

Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic has been tested positive for the Coronavirus, the club has announced.

Vlahovic has become the latest professional footballer player to contract the disease.

Juventus defender Daniele Rugani was the first in Serie A to test positive for the disease.

Yesterday, Sampdoria striker Manolo Gabbiadini also admitted that he had tested positive for the virus.

Earlier today, Samp's Omar Colley, Albin Ekdal, Antonino La Gumina and Morten Thorsby all contracted COVID-19, as the virus is otherwise known as.

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Friday March 13 2020
Virologist: 'Realise extent of Coronavirus problem'

Professor Roberto Burioni hopes seeing professional athletes and coaches test positive for Coronavirus can represent “a step forward in realising the problem” the world faces.

There have now been two Serie A players who tested positive for Coronavirus – Juventus defender Daniele Rugani and Sampdoria forward Manolo Gabbiadini – along with Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, while players at Leicester City, Manchester City and Chelsea are in self-isolation.

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Thursday March 12 2020
Serie A to resume on May 3?

Serie A will not resume until May 3 due to the Coronavirus pandemic, claim reports, using the time gained by the cancellation of Euro 2020 to finish the season.

Multiple sources including L’Equipe suggested today that UEFA would inevitably postpone the European Championships, which were due to kick off on June 12.

The opening game would’ve been in Rome between Italy and Turkey.

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Thursday March 12 2020
South American World Cup qualifiers suspended

Serie A players will not be called to travel to South America this month, as the World Cup qualifiers have been postponed, along with the Copa Libertadores games.

It was not clear how players currently in Europe would be treated when travelling for international duty, particularly those from the hardest-hit areas by the Coronavirus such as Italy and Spain.

“Following consultation with CONMEBOL, FIFA has decided to postpone the upcoming South American qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 as follows,” read a statement. 

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Thursday March 12 2020
Preziosi: 'Can't create new rules'

Genoa President Enrico Preziosi warns changing the way relegation, promotion and the Scudetto are assigned due to the Coronavirus outbreak is “not possible.”

Serie A, B and C have been suspended until at least April 3, so if Euro 202 does go ahead as planned on June 12, there won’t be time to finish the season.

Different options are being considered, including play-offs for the top four and bottom four, or freezing the table as it stands.

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Thursday March 12 2020
Malago' 'stunned' UEFA still going

CONI President Giovanni Malagò is “stunned” UEFA haven’t stopped the Champions League, Europa League or Euro 2020 yet amid the Coronavirus pandemic.

Numerous sporting tournaments all over the world have been suspended after the pandemic started to spread around the globe.

“Common sense and responsibility showed us the way from the start. We could do nothing but stop,” Malagò told GianlucaDiMarzio.com.

Meanwhile, some Europa League games are playing this evening, including matches with crowds present.

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Thursday March 12 2020
Spadafora slams 'football's inability to decide'

Vincenzo Spadafora, the Minister of Sport, points out that there’s no room for selfishness in this “extraordinary emergency” as he hits out at football.

The coronavirus outbreak has caused controversy in Serie A with Presidents and Ministers involved in public discussions about the decisions made by the government.

After several meetings, the initial decision was to carry out the League matches in Italy behind closed doors, before they ended up suspending the games completely.

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