Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini admits to having coronavirus symptoms both before and after his sides Champions League clash with Valencia.
The manager only came forward, after being tested as part of Italian football regulations to return to action. The tests discovered he had antibodies that would only be present in a person who had been infected with the virus at some point.
According to Gazzetta Dello Sport Gasperini said:
“I felt ill the day before the Valencia game, then on the afternoon of the match I felt even worse.”
“If you look at the pictures, I did not look good on the bench. That was March 10.”
“The two nights afterward, I did not sleep well. I didn’t have a fever, but I felt like I did.”
Valencia is extremely unhappy and rightly so.
They released a statement condemning the coach’s behavior.
The statement read:
“Valencia CF wishes to publicly express our surprise at comments made by Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini.”
“Such actions, if this was the case, would have put at risk numerous people during the trip to -and stay in- Valencia.”
Although he did not play the night that Gasprini was in Valencia, the Spanish side was the first team to have a player test positive when Ezequiel Garay contracted the virus.