Top 5 League Footballers affected by the Coronavirus

(Kulsoom jahan, )

China, Italy, Iran, Spain, and America continue to be the most-affected countries by Coronavirus. According to Worldo Meter, “1,152,979cases have been reported, 61,625people died and recovered 240,117people so far around the world.” Unexpectedly, players, and managers have not escaped the effects of the outbreak.

Although, all sports events and major professional football leagues have been postponed. European Championship 2020 has officially postponed until June 2021. UEFA competition was scheduled to take place from 12 June to 12 July 2020. Champions League and Europa League have been postponed and No decision has yet been made on rearranged dates.
The pandemic virus does not distinguish anyone, a vast majority of footballers, meanwhile have been tested positive, many players are in self-isolation for prevention measures and recovering from the pandemic diseases. Serval players have been instructed to spend the weekend at home to avoid the risk of the pandemic.

Here's a look at the status of some of the league clubs and their players who have been directly impacted.

Notable Football leagues:
1. England: Premier League, FA Cup and EFL League One
2. Spain: La Liga and Copa del Rey
3. Italy: Serie A and Coppa Italia
4. France: League 1 and Coupe de France final
5. German: Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal
6. China: Chinese Super League

1. Premier League, FA Cup and EFL League One
Most popular English Premier League has also been suspended amid Coronavirus and the season will start from April 30. Many footballers are self-isolating as the news confirmed about Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta diagnosed as having COVID-19.

Chelsea midfielder Callum Hudsun-Odoi has also been diagnosed, later he revealed on twitter he had recovered.

Twitter link.

League One; Five Portsmouth players Ross McCrorie, James Bolton, Andy Cannon, Haji Mnoga and Sean Raggett, have tested positive for Coronavirus.

2. La Liga and Copa del Rey:
Spanish La Liga and Copa del Rey final have been suspended indefinitely and many players have been confirmed the infection. Spanish LaLiga club Deportivo Alav’s three players including 15 staff members tested positive.

Valencia announced that five Valencia players including center-back Eliaquim Mangala tested positive and were self-isolation. Deportivo Alav is not the only club to be affected, with several players at Espanyol, Real Madrid and Barcelona also hit by COVID-19 but Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi is fine and staying at home, he does not have the virus. Messi wrote in an Instagram post, “These are complicated days for everyone,"

Chinese international footballer Wu Lei is recovering as he succumbed to this pandemic disease. Lei is the first player from china to have contracted Coronavirus and the only Chinese player who plays for Espanyol. Espanyol’s six members of the club staff have tested positive but did not disclose the names who have been infected.

Former Real Madrid president Lorenzo Sanz died after contracting the coronavirus. He had tested positive and had been hospitalized in serious condition.

3. Serie A and Coppa Italia:
Italy is one of the most affect countries by Covid-19. Italian football leagues Serie A and Coppa Italia have been postponed indefinitely.

Seven Italian football club’s players contracted these diseases. Juventus’s Blaise Matuidi,Daniele Rugani, and Dusan Vlahovic have been infected and Juventus officials announced that 121 members of staff, including players, have contracted symptoms of pandemic and spending their time in quarantine.

Juventus forwarder Cristiano Ronaldo posted a special message to his infected teammate.

Sampdoria’s Omar Colley, Albin Ekdal, Antonino La Gumina and Morten Thorsby and Manolo Gabbiadini and Fiorentina’s forward Patric Curtrone, Defender German Pezzella and Dusan Vlahovic have been confirmed as infected by Coronavirus.

Sampdoria club doctor Amedeo Baldari’s test was also positive while the remaining players, additional staff and club directors, have been stayed in self-isolation. Italian football training grounds and offices have been shut in lockdown because of the virus.

French league and Coupe de France final
French league and Coupe de France final matches were abandoned indefinitely across France after Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe coronavirus testing but he had tested negative.

Kylin Mbappe has scored five goals in six Champions League appearances this season (AFP)

4. German Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal
The high-profile football competition The Bundesliga matches suspended until April 2. However, Hannover defender Timo Hubers has tested positive for coronavirus and two unnamed Frankfurt players contracted this infection.

5. Chinese Super League:
Shandong Luneng Marouane Fellaini has been tested positive. Everton midfielder has now in placed in quarantine within the hospital.


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