According to a statement of Flamengo on Monday, its coach Jorge Jesus has came up positive for the new coronavirus and is under quarantine in Rio de Janeiro while doctors are performing a second confirmatory test.
The Portuguese coach said on Instagram that his test came up positive and he felt normal exactly the same as how he had felt a month, a year, two, three years ago. Although he had no symptoms, the test was positive. Now he is staying under quarantine and believes that in a week or two, he’ll be back to normal. Jesus added that he was under the care of the club’s medical team.
Last year, Jesus led Flamengo to the Copa Libertadores trophy and Serie A league title.
In a statement, Flamengo also termed the test result inconclusive or weak positive and said they were performing a second test. However, the result suspended all training for either the first team and youth team squads for a week.
The test was announced on the day that the Rio de Janeiro state championship was postponed for 15 days.
Jesus also criticized the state football federation of Rio for allowing games to take place last weekend and said that footballers and backroom staff, who were not super human, deserved more care.
Meanwhile, in Rio Grande do Sul, players of Gremio in Porto Alegre wore masks on the field on Sunday in protest at having to play a match even when fears over Covid-19 grow in Brazil.
Spectators were not allowed to attend the Gaucho state championship match at the Gremio stadium. The protest comes after clubs and players across South America have complaint at the footballing authorities’ decisions to order games to take place behind closed doors.
The Brazilian Football Confederation postponed all national football competitions on Sunday due to the Covid-19 outbreak, but said it depends on local federations whether to halt the state championships presently under way.