Atalanta manager Gian Piero Gasperini recently admitted that he had COVID-19 symptoms before his side's UCL clash against Valencia in March, and the Spanish side has now reacted to this information.
According to Gazzetta Dello Sport Gasperini said: “I felt ill the day before the Valencia game, then on the afternoon of the match, I felt even worse. If you look at the pictures, I did not look good on the bench. That was March 10.”
“The two nights afterward, I did not sleep well. I didn’t have a fever, but I felt like I did.”
Valencia is now extremely unhappy with this information, stating that Gasperini's actions put players and fans at risk.
In a statement, the club said: "Given the statements by Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini, which appeared in the Italian press this Sunday, Valencia CF wishes to publicly express its surprise at the fact that the coach of the opposing team in our UEFA Champions League quarter-final tie recognizes that, both the day before and the day of the match played on March 10 in Mestalla he was aware of, at least himself, suffering from symptoms theoretically compatible with those of coronavirus without taking preventive measures, putting at risk, if that had been the case, numerous people during their trip to and stay in Valencia"
LaLiga and Serie A have been suspended since March but the two leagues are preparing to return following the COVID-19 crisis.