Story By: Juan Mayes, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Golder’s News And Sport
World Cup champion Fabio Cannavaro has said he doubts there will be “any football in Europe before the season is up”.
Former Real Madrid defender Cannavaro, 46, made the comments during an interview with radio programme ‘El Partidazo’ broadcast by Spanish network Cadena Cope.
The former Ballon d’Or recipient spoke of the impact the coronavirus, officially named COVID-19 by the World Health Organization, will have on the fixtures across Europe saying: “We don’t know what is going to happen in the world in less than a month.
“I think we still have a while before everything is over in Italy and Spain. It is very complicated for there to be any football in Europe before the season is over.”
The Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao FC manager went on to say: “The virus in Guangzhou is under control and life is starting to go back to normal.
“There are no more restrictions, just the 14 days at home. I finish my quarantine in two days. Everybody who flies back has to do it.”
Cannavaro also urged people to stay at home saying it “is fundamental because we don’t give the virus a chance to infect other people.
“We have to learn from China, they have more experience in this kind of situation.”
Cannavaro was part of the Italian squad that was crowned 2006 World Cup champions. He has played in clubs such as Juventus, Inter Milan and Napoli.
The former Italy defender retired as a footballer in 2011 and made his debut as a manager in November 2014 with Guangzhou Evergrande.
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