Maradona's untimely demise came just two weeks after he was released from hospital following a brain surgery. Argentinian president Alberto Fernandez had earlier declared three day of mourning in the country for Maradona's death. Maradona is survived by five children including Italian footballer Diego Sinagra and his only wife Claudia Villafane, to whom he was married from 1984 to 2004.
AC Milan manager Stefano Pioli continues to remain asymptomatic and has gone into self-isolation at home. The club is currently standing at the top spot in the Serie A standings with five victories from seven matches. AC Milan are slated to lock horns with third-placed Napoli at Stadio San Paolo on November 23.
One of the top Serie A fixtures of the season was abandoned amid bizarre scenes on Sunday when Napoli failed to turn up to face Juventus. Napoli said that the local health authority had told their players to stay at home following positive COVID-19 cases. After a regulation 45-minute wait, the match was officially called off with Serie A describing it as "not played" on its website. Under Serie A rules, Juventus are likely to be handed a 3-0 win. A Napoli spokesman confirmed that the team had been placed into isolation by the health authority (ASL) after two players tested positive in the last four days. He said they would challenge any decision to forfeit the game.
Two Napoli players have tested positive for COVID-19 and Italian media reported that local health authorities prohibited the team from traveling on Saturday and ordered the team and staff to self-isolate. Sunday's match in Turin has not been officially postponed and the Italian league's protocol for COVID cases is the same as UEFA rules. If a team has 13 available players, including at least one goalkeeper, the game can go ahead.
Everton have signed Brazil midfielder Allan from Italian side Napoli on a three-year deal, the Premier League club said on Saturday. At Everton, Allan will be reunited with manager Carlo Ancelotti, having previously played under the Italian coach in Napoli for two seasons. Allan scored 11 goals and grabbed 16 assists in more than 200 appearances for Napoli across all competitions, helping them claim the Coppa Italia last season. The midfielder has also made nine appearances for the Brazilian national team and was part of the squad which won the Copa America in 2019.
Barcelona`s Champions League last-16 second leg match with Napoli scheduled for March 18, 2020, will take place without spectators due to fears over the spread of the coronavirus, the club said on Tuesday. The match will take place at Camp Nou after a 1-1 draw in Napoli, but no supporters will be allowed to enter the stadium.