Barcelona superstars are confronted with corona virus checks before being confronted in the Champions League against Napoli
Barcelona superstars, including Lionel Messi, are confronted with corona virus checks before they meet Napoli in the Champions League … and Inter Milan was able to play in a neutral location while virus fright hit Italy
- Napoli will host the Champions League on Tuesday in Barcelona 16
- Barca will undergo rigorous testing for coronavirus when they enter and leave the country
- Inter Milan hosted Ludogorets in the Europa League last 32 Thursday
- The tie on the second leg could be played behind closed doors or at a neutral location
The severity of the corona virus now affects the highest level of football in Italy with procedures that apply this week to clubs involved in the Champions League and Europa League.
On Tuesday, Napoli hosts Barcelona in the last 16 of the first with Inter entertaining Ludogorets in the last 32 of the last two days later.
According to ESPN, Barcelona will undergo rigorous testing when they enter and leave the country for their visit to Naples, according to a memo sent to them by the Italian government.
Lionel Messi (right) and his Barcelona teammates are ready for corona virus checks on Monday
They fly to Naples on Monday for their draw in the Champions League on Tuesday evening
The Ernesto Valverde team, which travels to southern Italy on Monday, must undergo a temperature check upon arrival at Napoli-Capodichino airport.
ESPN adds that if one of the traveling parties has a high temperature or fever, they are taken directly to the hospital for testing in accordance with the protocol for disease prevention and control.
The outbreak of the corona virus has so far affected more than 80 people, two of whom died in Italy – and all cases occurred in the north of the country.
And on Thursday it’s the north of the country where football will take place with Inter Milan’s Europa League final-32 second leg against Ludogorets.
Italy has been hit by an outbreak of the corona virus and more than 80 cases have been reported so far
Inter Milan’s Europa League last-16 clash with Ludogorets could be moved to a neutral location
That competition will take place in Inter’s iconic San Siro, but it can be moved to a neutral location as a precaution for the coronavirus epidemic.
Italian outlet ANSA reports that this is a possibility and would only happen if the idea of playing the game behind closed doors in the San Siro is rejected.
Milan is located in the northern region of Lombardy – where all sporting events were canceled on Sunday evening due to the corona virus. The same also applied to the Veneto region.
Inter was to host Sampdoria in the Serie A on Sunday-evening, but that game was then postponed.
The competition must take place in the San Siro on Thursday evening, but that is now doubtful