MX23RW : Saturday, May 23 06:56:45| >> :60:619:619:

Former Chelsea attacker Gianfranco Zola brands coronavirus "evil"

Gianfranco Zola brands coronavirus
© Reuters
Former Chelsea player Gianfranco Zola describes the coronavirus as "evil" and suggests that the UK needs to take stronger measures to combat the spread of the virus

Former Chelsea striker Gianfranco Zola has branded COVID-19 "evil" as the sporting world continues to fall victim to the virus.

The coronavirus outbreak has seen leagues and tournaments from a variety of sports across the world suspended in the past week, and Blues winger Callum Hudson-Odoi is among those to have contracted the virus.

In the midst of the pandemic, Zola has spoken strongly about the measures being taken to ensure safety, as his native Italy remains one of the worst-affected countries.

Speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport, Zola said: "Coronavirus is sly, dark evil. It can strike us even without realising it. The danger of contagion is real for everyone.

"My former player Hudson-Odoi has tested positive. That shows no-one is or can be considered immune. Exposing yourself means putting others at risk.

"Also in Serie A, some clubs and various players, from Rugani to Vlahovic and others, are in quarantine. I hope that here too they take more steps on prevention and safety.

"Now is the time for responsibility, both individually and collectively. Nevertheless, it seems to me they are under-estimating the situation here. It is not about creating fear, but we are dealing with a pandemic.

"Here in London I see pubs, restaurants and shops open. The squares and the streets are crowded and everything seems normal. And instead we are experiencing one of the most difficult periods of time since the post-war period.

"We need patience. In Italy I read and I see that they are doing good things and in the correct time. There are now other priorities to defend."

Zola scored a total of 80 goals in 311 appearances for Chelsea between 1996 and 2003.

Latest coronavirus PSA banner

Coronavirus outbreak - Click here for more stories

Click here for more stories about Gianfranco Zola

Click here for more stories about Chelsea

Share this article now:
Chelsea's Fikayo Tomori pictured on November 5, 2019
Read Next:
Zola: 'Tomori playing beyond my expectations'
Latest Sports Video
Did you know...?
Sports Mole Logo
Enter your email address to subscribe to Sports Mole's free daily transfer newsletter! Sent twice a day during the transfer window.

rhs 2.0
2Manchester CityMan City28183768313757
3Leicester CityLeicester29165858283053
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd29129844301445
6Wolverhampton WanderersWolves29101364134743
7Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd28111073025543
8Tottenham HotspurSpurs29118104740741
11Crystal Palace29109102632-639
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2998122541-1635
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton29611123240-829
16West Ham UnitedWest Ham2976163550-1527
19Aston Villa2874173456-2225
20Norwich CityNorwich2956182552-2721

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!