Story By: Juan Mayes, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Golder’s News And Sport
World Cup champion Fabio Cannavaro has claimed Chinese police can go to residents’ houses “at any moment” if they are in quarantine and immediately “deport” them if they are not isolated.
Cannavaro, 46, who is the manager of Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao FC, made the comments in an exclusive interview with Spanish newspaper ‘Mundo Deportivo’.
Cannavaro recently returned to China with his squad after spending 15 days in the city of Dubai located in the United Arab Emirates.
Local media report the club’s players and staff have been placed under quarantine for 14 days by Chinese authorities since their arrival in China as they have reportedly managed to slow down the spread of COVID-19.
When speaking about his quarantine, Cannavaro said: “We have to stay at home. The police may come to your house at any moment to take your temperature and more importantly, to make sure we have not left home.
“If you are not isolated they deport you. In that instant. When we finish the quarantine period they will do new tests on us and will give us a type of passport to be able to walk around.
“They have managed to beat the coronavirus here and they do not want to get infected again.”
Cannavaro went on to talk about the current situation in the city of Guangzhou located in southern China where his club is based saying: “Everything is normal.
“You can see people on their terraces in the restaurants without face masks, all normal. A month ago you did not see a soul on the street.
“One day, walking to the sports city, I did not find a single person on the way, just a police post and an ambulance.”
Cannavaro went on to the praise Chinese people saying: “They laughed a lot at the Chinese as if the virus was only to do with them and man, now look at them.
“They have beaten the pandemic because they have followed the instructions of authorities, they have done it all together.”
The former Italy captain went on to offer a recommendation saying: “stay home, it is the only way to stop the expansion of the virus.”
The Chinese Super League was set to start on 22nd February however due to the COVID-19 outbreak has been rescheduled without a single match being played. It is unclear when the league is set to start again.
When speaking about his future, Cannavaro said: “We hope to retake the competition in May. I want this experience to develop my method, that way I will have experience when I want to coach in Europe.”
Cannavaro has managed Guangzhou Evergrande since 2017 and led his side to winning the Chinese Super League last year.
He won the FIFA World Cup and the Ballon d’Or in 2006.
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