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Coronavirus concerns raised ahead Champions League clash after Juventus fans travel to Lyon for Wednesday’s match

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French politicians, including former presidential candidate Segolene Royal, far-right National Rally leader Marine Le Pen and National Assembly member Eric Ciotti have all expressed opposition to the decision to allow the visit of fans of the Serie A champions, Juventus, travel to Lyon for Wednesday’s Champions League tie due to the coronavirus outbreak in Italy.

Le Pen, who called for borders between France and Italy to be re-established, was also against the decision to allow fans of Turin-based Juventus to travel to France for the last 16 first-leg tie.

“I believe it’s not reasonable to welcome them and we are once again confronted by the inconsistency of the government,” Le Pen told France Inter radio.

Royal herself said, “It seems illogical and I don’t understand the opinion. The government might have some information the public don’t have, but I think to avoid sparking panic we have to consider that the French public is mature, and they have the capacity to understand it.”

On Wednesday, a 60-year-old man became the first French victim of the coronavirus in the country, the health ministry announced.

France has reported four other new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, including two people returning from Italy, bringing the total number of infections to 17.

Eleven other people have recovered from the disease which has killed more than 2,600 people worldwide and infected almost 80,000 others, mainly in China.

 
 
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