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Vicente Navarro statue tests positive for coronavirus after UCL game

The lone supporter at Valencia's second-leg home tie against Atalanta in the Champions League round-of-16 has been diagnosed with coronavirus, it has emerged.

The statue, erected to honour Valencia super fan Vicente Navarro Aparicio, was the only supporter to watch his home team after it was decided the Spanish club's match against Italian side Atalanta be played behind closed doors due to fears around the spread of coronavirus.

Navarro's statue sits in seat 164, row 15, the very same seat in which Navarro himself sat at every home game for decades, even after losing his sight at the age of 54, continuing to attend the games with his son and have them described to him.

But sadly, it seems the fears were justified, as reports from Spanish newspaper Marca indicate that Navarro's statue tested positive for the deadly virus that's affecting people across the globe immediately after the Spanish side's 4-3 aggregate loss to the Serie A club and Champions League debutants.

More on this story as it develops.

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