Valencia VS Atalanta on Champions League Match.
Valencia VS Atalanta on Champions League Match.

Valencia FC from Spanish La Liga says more than a third of their players and team staff have tested positive for the coronavirus after playing with Italian Giants Atalanta on Champions league clash.

The club had reported five cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, with Argentina’s Ezequiel Garay and France’s Eliaquim Mangala both confirming they were among those who had contracted the virus.

“Several further tests for the COVID-19 coronavirus amongst Valencia coaching staff and players have come back positive,” the club said management said.

Valencia went to Milan last month for a Champions League match facing Atalanta, which was played in front of a compact San Siro stadium before restrictions were placed on sports events in Italy, the coronavirus worst-hit country in Europe.

“Despite the strict measures adopted by the club after their Champions League game these latest results show the exposure inherent to such matches has caused a positive test rate of around 35%,” Valencia added.

“All cases are asymptomatic and those involved are currently isolated at home, receiving medical assessment and carrying out their scheduled training plan.”

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