Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso says that the club is raising funds to help Italy's efforts in containing the spread of the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
The club says that they have between eight to 10 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and that this has spurred the owner to help the embattled Italian medical community.
Commisso is currently stuck in the United States but has tried to mobilise funds to fund the battle against the highly contagious virus. He says the club has already brought in around $470,000 including about $55,000 from star Franck Ribery.
He told football-italia.com that he has been quarantined in the US together with his family and a club director.
“The situation in America isn’t as serious as in Italy, but I’ve been closed in my home for the last five days with my wife and daughter. (Fiorentina director) Joe Barone and my son Giuseppe are holed up in their hotel,” he said.
The Italian American, 70, bought the Serie A club in June. He also owns the American club New York Cosmos of the National Independent Soccer Association.
La Viola sits 13th in Serie A with 30 points, five points clear of the bottom three and nine back of the final European qualification spot.