President of Italian football club Napoli tests positive for COVID-19

Aurelio De Laurentiis tested positive following a test taken on Wednesday.

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis.   -  AP

The president of Italian football club Napoli has tested positive for the coronavirus. The team says Aurelio De Laurentiis was positive following a test taken on Wednesday.

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De Laurentiis attended a Serie A meeting in Milan on Wednesday that included representatives of each of the Italian league’s 20 clubs. He was also in contact with Napoli’s players and staff recently during the team’s pre-season training camp in Castel di Sangro. It wasn’t immediately clear if Napoli’s entire squad would be placed in isolation as a precautionary measure.

Napoli’s opening Serie A match is at Parma in 10 days and the team is scheduled to play Pescara and Sporting Lisbon in pre-season friendlies on Friday and Sunday.

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