Diego Costa pretended to cough on reporters as he walked through Anfield’s mixed zone after Atletico Madrid’s Champions League win over Liverpool.
Costa appeared to poke fun at the escalating coronavirus crisis after his side’s 4-2 aggregate victory while quickly passing through the interview area after the final whistle.
The 31-year-old mockingly ‘coughed’ on the assembled media while making his way to Atletico’s team bus, with the footage captured by Spanish football television programme El Chiringuito.
Costa was substituted at the start of the second half at Anfield for Marcos Llorente, who ultimately scored two goals in extra time to all but sent Atletico through and eliminated Liverpool.
The Premier League is yet to take measures against combatting coronavirus, though there is a growing acceptance that games will be played behind closed doors within the coming weeks.
Italy’s Serie A and Spain’s La Liga have both been suspended following an escalation of Covid-19 cases in western Europe, while games in France’s Ligue 1 will be played behind closed doors.
The coronavirus outbreak has led to 127,809 cases worldwide and 4,716 deaths. On Wednesday, the World Health Organisation confirmed that the virus is now considered to be a global pandemic.
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source: The Independent
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