Shevchenko draws Corona-Chernobyl parallel and sends message to Italy
By Isak Möller -

The Coronavirus outbreak has brought a halt to football and life in general, putting the entire world in disarray. In Italy, the numbers of cases and deaths have been very high, becoming an epicentre of the virus. 

In an interview with Sky Italia (via MilanNews.it), AC Milan legend Andriy Shevchenko spoke about the current situation and the quarantine measures that have been taken. The manager lives in London, where the situation is getting more and more serious.

“I’m in London, I live outside the city. I have been locked in the house for almost ten days. We live this difficult moment with hope, the hope that things will improve, the only solution is to respect the rules of the government.

“Stay at home, give doctors the opportunity to do their job. All the doctors in the world are doing a great job, nurses, volunteers, thank you very much for all that you are doing for us. You are truly the heroes of our time,” he began.

The former striker, now the manager of the Ukrainian national team, also drew a parallel between the Coronavirus outbreak and the Chernobyl disaster. Once again, he urged everyone to follow the rules and guidelines.

“I lived a very similar situation when I was nine years old and the Chernobyl accident struck. It was a difficult time. The only solution is to believe the government’s decisions. We can’t do stupid things, especially don’t try to get out.

“We don’t know if we have the virus or not, there are many people who can be contagious and carry the virus with them. We can’t just think about us, but also about the many others we can infect,” he continued.

Having spent eight years in Milan as a player, Italy has a special place in Shevchenko’s heart. Therefore, he also wanted to send a message to the country. Hopefully, the Coronavirus emergency will be over in the near future.

“I want to salute all the Italians, I’m always close to you, a big hug. Come on Italy, we can all do it together,” he concluded.

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