Atalanta Vs Valencia match called as a ‘biological time bomb’ by Italian mayor after he claimed that all 40,000 fans were infected of Covid-19.
During Valencia Vs Atalanta tie in the Champions League, Italy was entering into the worst phase of the pandemic faced by any nation, which has led to the lockdown of the nation.
It has been claimed by the mayor of Bergamo that all 40,000 fans who attended the Champions League encounter between Atalanta and Valencia last month were infected by the coronavirus.
Giorgio Gori, mayor of Bergamo, gave an interview – as cited by Marca– to say that the game “was a biological bomb.” as the Northern Italy, where the match happened has been the epicentre of it.
“At that time we did not know what was happening,” Gori added. “The first patient in Italy was on 23 February. If the virus was already circulating, the 40,000 fans who went to the San Siro stadium were infected.”
No one knew that the virus was already circulating among us. Many watched the game in groups and there were many contacts that night. The virus passed from one to another.”
On the other hand, A statement from Valencia on 16 March confirmed 35% of their squad had tested positive and also mentioned having to play on February 19. in an ‘area confirmed high risk by the Italian authorities days later.’
Valencia playersEzequiel Garay, Jose Gaya and Eliaquim Mangala are among those who tested positive for the virus and are now in a period of quarantine.
The number of cases in Spain are also frequently rising as the European nation has surpassed the number of deaths in China, from where the virus emerged and is now second to Italy in casualties.
As of now, all the football activities in Spain and Italy have been suspended with the players and staff instructed to remain in isolation while the pandemic is at its prime.