• July 29, 2021

COVID-19: Paulo Dybala and four Portsmouth players test positive

  • Dybala is third Juventus player affected by Covid-19
  • Portsmouth’s squad were tested after FA Cup defeat to Arsenal

The Juventus forward Paulo Dybala has revealed he has tested positive for Covid-19.

The Argentina forward announced on Twitter that he and his partner Oriana Sabatini had both tested positive. He is the third Juve player affected afterDaniele Rugani and Blaise Matuidi. Singer and model Sabatini is the niece of former tennis player Gabriela Sabatini.

Dybala wrote: “Hi everyone, I just wanted just to inform you that we have received the results for the Covid-19 test and both Oriana and I have tested positive. Luckily we are in perfect conditions. Thanks for your messages.”

Four Portsmouth players – James Bolton, Andy Cannon, Sean Raggett and Haji Mnoga – have also tested positive for the virus. Pompey’s players were tested following their FA Cup defeat to Arsenal after several of the Gunners squad had been in contact with the Olympiakos owner, Evangelos Marinakis, on the night of their Europa League tie.Marinalis confirmed he had the virus on 10 March.

Portsmouth’s chief executive, Mark Catlin, told the club website: “Football is not immune from this virus and I can assure you that it only really hits home when those that you know contract it.”

*** Iyke Nwabueze

Agenda Watchdog

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