Valencia CF have reacted to the extraordinary comments made by Atalanta’s coach, Gian Piero Gasperini, that he was feeling ill on the day before his side second leg of the round of 16 match against Valencia.
The Italian coach also said he was still not feeling well on the day of the match at Mestalla in what is perceived to be COVID-19 related illness in the time the disease was high in Italy.
The match was however, played without fans in the stadium but was still heavily criticised in the media for still going ahead as planned despite numerous warnings for the match not to be staged.
After the whole controversy generated with the second leg of the round of 16 UEFA Champions League match at the Mestalla going ahead at that time, Atalanta’s coach has further revealed he was feeling ill at that time. And Valencia football club has responded to his claims;
The club wrote on their official website, “Valencia CF wish to publicly express our surprise at comments made by Atalanta coach, Gian Piero Gasperini which appeared in the Italian press this Sunday, stating that, both the day before and the day of the match played on March 10 at Mestalla, the coach of our opposing team in the UEFA Champions League last 16 game was aware of suffering symptoms theoretically compatible with those of coronavirus, without taking preventive measures. Such actions, if this was the case, would have put at risk numerous people during the trip to and stay in Valencia.”
The COVID-19 pandemic were very severe in the two countries the clubs represented, Spain and Italy, with close to 100,000 deaths in the two countries.