Liverpool supporters that passed through northern Italy on their way back from Madrid have been told to self isolate as a precaution.
Jurgen Klopp’s men lost 1-0 against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday with the Reds being allocated with 3,328 tickets for the Champions League round of 16 first leg at the Estadio Metropolitano.
In a worrying turn of events for an unknown number of those who travelled back through the north of Italy, Health Secretary Matt Hancock advised people who had taken that route to isolate themselves at home.
Mr Hancock said: "Those who have been to northern Italy, north of Pisa, if they have fly- like symptoms should self-isolate.
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"If people have been to the affected areas that the Italian government have quarantined then they should self-isolate whether or not they have symptoms."
Liverpool Echo have quoted an unnamed Liverpool fan, aged 28, who is one of those affected due to their flight back coming from the Milan Bergamo Airport in Lombardy, a region that has been heavily infected.
They said: ”I travelled home from Madrid to Milan Bergamo airport and when we got off the plane we were all tested for our fever and stuff which was the first sign that something was a bit weird.
"But because we had five hours until our next flight, we decided to go into the centre of Bergamo for something to eat and a few drinks.
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"After we got checked into the airport we were told nothing and then a few days ago it started breaking on the news about the outbreak in northern Italy. Then today I was sent home. But I feel fine.
"I rang the NHS 111 number and they said to self isolate for a period of time and if you don't have any symptoms that you will be fine to return to work.
"Personally, I feel fine like but I think it is the fear for other people I work with and though I didn't want to go home it makes sense.
"We travelled through Bergamo on the 19th. The first date they have suggested for self isolation."
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Italian sport continues to be impacted by the virus with Inter Milan forced to move Thursday's Europa League clash against Ludogrets behind closed doors due to safety fears.
That comes after four Serie A games were postponed at the weekend, with Italian football federation president Gabriele Gravina suggesting that their Inter’s meeting with Juventus on Sunday might not take place in public.
He said: "For our Serie A championship we have planned for and asked to play the games behind closed doors. That could happen as early as Sunday."
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