AC Milan manager Stefano Pioli tests positive for coronavirus

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AC Milan manager Stefano Pioli tests positive for coronavirus as Italian giants cancel training TODAY as a result… but rest of staff and playing squad return negative tests
AC Milan manager Stefano Pioli has tested positive for coronavirus on Saturday
The club said Pioli, 55, is showing no symptoms at present and isolating at home
Milan’s squad and other staff all tested negative but training has been cancelled

AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli has tested positive for coronavirus, the club announced on Saturday.

Pioli, 55, is quarantining at home, the club said, and today’s training session with the senior squad has been cancelled. Pioli is said to be in good condition.

‘AC Milan announces that Stefano Pioli has tested positive following a quick test carried out this morning,’ read a statement.

‘The health authorities have been informed, and the coach, who is currently showing no symptoms, has gone into quarantine at home.

Although the training session was called off, Milan said all other tests of the squad and club staff came back negative.

‘Training ahead of the match with Napoli will resume on Monday, subject to the checks set out in the federal protocol,’ the club statement said.

Pioli is the latest person at AC Milan to contract coronavirus. Last month the club revealed that five players, including goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma and winger Jens Petter Hauge, tested positive for the virus.

Before that, Zlatan Ibrahimovic tested positive twice before recovering – and Daniel Maldini, Matteo Gabbia and Leo Duarte were also sidelined. Sandro Tonali contracted the disease while still at Brescia.

Milan are far from the only Italian football club beset by Covid-19 issues. Last month Juventus put their entire squad into isolation after midfielder Weston McKennie tested positive, as did Cristiano Ronaldo.

Earlier this month, Lazio became embroiled in a potentially enormous scandal over three players – Ciro Immobile, Lucas Leiva and Thomas Strakosha – all testing positive for coronavirus in Rome just days after being pronounced negative by the club’s own testing partner in Avellino.

The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) announced last week it had ‘opened an investigation into Lazio to ascertain any violations of the health protocols aimed at containing the COVID-19 epidemic’.

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