Atalanta facing trip to Valencia doubts over coronavirus fears

Atalanta fans travelling to Valencia are facing doubts over whether they will be able to travel to Spain for their Champions League return leg on March 10. Approximately 2,400 Atalanta fans are due to make the trip, however several cases of coronavirus have spread throughout northern Italy and there are also fears over whether the Atalanta team will be able to travel.

Four Serie A matches were postponed at the weekend because of coronavirus, and six people have been pronounced dead in Italy. Valencia CF have not yet received orders from Spanish health authorities.

I don’t even know if the team [Atalanta] will be able to come,” Hermenegilda Vanaclocha, deputy director-general of the Epidemiology and Health Surveillance of the Valencian Government, told Onda Cero.

Lots of things can happen between now and March 10. If the interview had been last week, my answers would’ve been very different. It will be evaluated with the football clubs and the minister of health and we’ll see what happens because there’s nothing in Bergamo at the moment, but we’ll have to see because it’s in Lombardy, not in other areas of Italy.”

Valencia CF have since issued a statement with health advice to fans who last week travelled to the first leg in Milan.

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