16th March, 2020
The Corona Virus is surely not sparing anyone at the moment as it has invaded virtually every nook and corner of the world and caused a whole lot of commotion even in the world of sports and football in particular.
Valencia Football Club is the latest team to experience its unexpected visit.
Valencia centre-back Ezequiel Garay revealed on Sunday that he has contracted the coronavirus, which made him the first player in LaLiga Santander to openly state that he has the disease.
However, later on Sunday, Valencia released a statement where they made clear that five players or staff had received a positive test for coronavirus, with two of the others being defender Eliaquim Mangala and left-back Jose Gaya.
The two remaining people at Valencia to have contracted the coronavirus are the club’s matchday delegate, Paco Camarasa, and a member of the medical team, Juan Aliaga.
“Valencia CF inform that five positive cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus have been detected amongst first team staff and players,” it read.
“All of these persons are now at home, in good health and obeying self-isolation measures.
“Besides providing further information over the coming hours, the club reiterate our support for the health authorities and their social awareness campaigns, and emphasise to all of the population the importance of staying at home and continuing to follow the previously published hygiene and illness-prevention measures.
“Likewise, Valencia CF reiterate our confidence in the Spanish health system, and in the recommendations made by the Ministry of Health for cases of coronavirus infection such as these.
“We remind you that the telephone number for matters regarding coronavirus in the Valencia region is 900300555.
“We trust that, with solidarity, responsibility and good morale, we will beat this pandemic. Amunt Valencia.”