Coronavirus: Atalanta v Valencia Champions League match 'was a biological bomb'

Ross Houston
March 26, 2020

As is feasible that so many Bergamaschi that night time received collectively in homes, bars to look at the match and did the identical.

With the Champions League suspended because of the pandemic, Atalanta has no idea when it might play in the quarterfinals - which again would be the club's biggest game in its history.

"That game was a biological bomb and that the virus has spread rapidly since then, is due without doubt to the fact that numerous 40.000 fans at the stadium that night were already possibly carrying the virus".

Atalanta's first team are now in quarantine as goalkeeper Marco Sportiello has tested positive for coronavirus. "The virus is transmitted in the stands from person to person", said Gori. "At that time we did not know what was happening".


"Some 40,000 Bergamo inhabitants went to Milan to watch the game".

Bergamo has been termed as the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in Italy.

Spain is the next country in Europe with the most cases, almost 48,000, and it has surpassed China in the number of deaths with more than 3,400.

Nearly 2,500 followers of visiting Spanish membership Valencia additionally traveled to that Champions League match. We don't know exactly when, but one day a patient appeared with pneumonia and the symptoms were not recognized.


"I don't remember the date [of the match] Atalanta vs Valencia and I don't remember if this epidemic had already outburst, but the people who went had no clue of what was going on". "To provide you an concept, my spouse took three hours to get to Milan, when that journey usually takes 40 minutes".

"The game was a biological bomb".

On the other hand, A statement from Valencia on 16 March confirmed 35% of their squad had tested positive and also mentioned having to play on February 19.in an 'area confirmed high risk by the Italian authorities days later'.

At about the same time in Spain's Valencia, a person who came to Bergamo to watch the match became the second person infected in the region, and after him the deadly virus spread rapidly in Spain.


The first case of infection by covid-19 in the city of Bergamo happened in the same week of the duel between the Italian and Spanish teams.

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