A Nigerian professional football player plying his trade with Pianese FC in the Italian serie c – third division, have tested positive to the deadly Corona virus.
He is the first confirmed case of a footballer in Europe to be infected with the virus.
The player, Paul Akpan Udah has been identified in a live update by the BBC
Udoh is 22 and untill his infection had been playing for Pianese FC
He was diognised on Thursday and had been quarantined.
A statement from the Tuscany region read, “Two new suspected positive cases of Coronavirus in Tuscany. Both are awaiting confirmation by the Higher Institute of Health.
“One is a 22-year-old man in the Siena province, a Pianese player, who last Saturday had symptoms in a hotel in Alessandria, where he was training with the team ahead of Sunday’s game (at Juventus U-23s).
“He did not play the game that morning as he had a high fever. The team returned to Piancastagnaio, while he went home. Wednesday morning, he was tested in his home and the results came back as positive in the evening.
“Since early this morning, he is at a hospital in Siena, in isolation. He is in good, healthy condition. Another player of the team felt the same symptoms, which the club is tracking.”