Valencia are considering the prospect of banning Atalanta fans from entering the Mestalla amid coronavirus fears. The rapid spread of the novel virus has caused somewhat of a panic in European football as several games in Italy were suspended amid a spike in numbers.
According to a report from AS, four Valencia fans were put in self-isolation by the regional government as they were showing symptoms of the virus following Los Che’s match against Atalanta last week.
As a result, the Spanish outfit are considering the possibility of denying 2377 away ticket holders of Atalanta from entering the Mestalla in the return leg on March 10.
“We are going to apply the antivirus protocol up to the final consequences,” a Valencia executive told AS.
Meanwhile, UEFA are yet to comment on the situation as the regional government has advised that the rate of spread of the disease in Spain and Italy should be monitored ahead of the second leg that is set to take place in about two weeks’ time.
The report also stated that UEFA could place sanctions on Valencia should the club decide to ban Atalanta fans from the stadium unilaterally.
Spain registered its first case of the virus when a touring Italian doctor was tested positive for the Covid-19 this week in a hotel in Tenerife. More cases were later confirmed in Catalonia and Madrid, taking the tally to 8 in Spain in a matter of just 36 hours.