Coronavirus cases rise at Serie A sides Sampdoria, Fiorentina
Sampdoria midfielder Fabio Depaoli has announced he's tested positive for the coronavirus, becoming the 10th Serie A player diagnosed and the sixth at Sampdoria.
While Sampdoria said in a statement earlier Saturday that it would not announce any more updates about its players "to avoid news leaks and useless alarmism'' since "all the lads are well,'' Depaoli revealed his positive test on social media.
Depaoli writes in Italian on Instagram, "Unfortunately I've tested positive for COVID-19. But I want to reassure you that I'm OK! This invisible monster is hitting us indiscriminately, but by adopting the correct measures and following medical advice, we can win our biggest match and return stronger than before.''
Meanwhile, Spanish football club Alaves says two members of its coaching staff have tested positive for the coronavirus. The club says both unnamed coaches are without symptoms and in good health. The club added it will test the rest of the members of its team on Monday. Spain has stopped all sports competitions for the next two weeks.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.