Catalonia has seen an upward curve in coronavirus cases – but UEFA wants the Barcelona-Napoli match to go as planned.
“We are monitoring the situation and are in touch with the relevant local authorities,” the governing body said in a statement. “The match is scheduled to take place in Barcelona as planned.”
However, since the cases have notoriously gone up, so has the general fear of covid and spread of it – and will be more so if the Barcelona vs Napoli game is held at Camp Nou. Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis has called out UEFA for not changing the venue.
“I don’t understand why we have to go to a city that at the moment has huge problems,” he is quoted as saying by Italian news outlets.
“You hear huge fears from Spain, and UEFA just ignores the issue. I’m calling them constantly but it’s embarrassing.
“How long would it take just to say that we could play in Portugal, Germany or Switzerland? It seems like we’re back in school – nobody in UEFA knows how to do business.”
Salvador Illa – Spain’s health minister further confirmed that there is danger of a major COVID spread in Barcelona.
“The outbreak [in Barcelona] is worrying because of the density of the population,” he said at a news conference.
“What is happening in Spain is happening in all the other countries in our region. This is a pandemic. We are on alert and acting appropriately.
“The majority of the outbreaks in Spain are under control.”