AC MILAN have confirmed their iconic defender Paolo Maldini has tested positive for coronavirus.
Now the Serie A club’s technical director, the Italian was diagnosed after experiencing symptoms and his son Daniel, a player for the Rossoneri, is also suffering the illness.
In a statement released on Saturday evening, Milan announced that both the Maldinis are doing well and will now enter a period of quarantine.
It read: “AC Milan confirms that Paolo Maldini, the club’s technical director, became aware of contact with a person who subsequently tested positive for Coronavirus and began to display symptoms of the virus himself.
“He was administered with a swab test yesterday, the result of which was positive.
“His son Daniel, a forward in AC Milan’s youth team who had previously been training with the first-team, also tested positive.
“Paolo and Daniel are both well and have already completed two weeks at home without contact with others.
“They will now remain in quarantine until clinically recovered, as per the medical protocols outlined by the health authorities.”
No country has experienced more deaths from coronavirus than Italy with several top-flight players contracting the illness.
Latest figures put the number of people testing positive as 53,578 with 4,285 dead.
That has prompted a huge response from the nation’s sporting heroes, Zlatan Ibrahimovic pledging over £90,000 in his ‘Kick the Virus Away’ campaign.
Fundraisers by first-team players from Inter Milan, Roma, AC Milan, Juventus and Fiorentina have each raised hundreds of thousands of pounds.
More to follow.