Health and safety for all for now should be the first priority, celebrated footballer Cesc Fabregas has said following the outbreak of fast-spreading Coronavirus.
The 31-year-old Spanish midfielder asked football fans across the world to be more responsible and make sacrifices over COVID-19 despite their love for the game.
“We MUST be responsible more than ever now. We all love and enjoy football, no one more than me, but health and safety for all of us MUST always come first,” the former Arsenal, Barcelona and Chelsea star tweeted on Wednesday.
His message came amid reports that Juventus top defender has tested positive of Coronavirus which has already killed 4,634 people across the globe.
In a statement, the Serie A club confirmed 25-year-old Daniele Rugani (Italian) has been found positive to Coronavirus which has already spread to 114 countries.
“The footballer Daniele Rugani has tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19) and is currently asymptomatic. Juventus Football Club is currently activating all the isolation procedures required by law, including the census of those who have had contact with him,” read part of the statement, as quoted by Sky Sports.
Speaking to a European journalist, Rugani asked his fans not to tense saying he was ‘fine’.
“Yes, I’ve the Coronavirus – but don’t worry, now I’m fine. I urge you to respect the rules, because this virus makes no distinctions! Let’s do it for ourselves, for our loved ones and for those around us,” the defender said.
On Wednesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic and repeated call for ‘urgent and aggressive action’.