Cristiano Ronaldo trains as Maurizio Sarri says Juventus fans should be allowed to travel to Lyon despite coronavirus fears - in pictures

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Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo, left, training with Juventus in Turin ahead of their Champions League match against Lyon. AFP

Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo, centre, training with teammates. AP

Juventus players during training. AFP

Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo. AP

Cristiano Ronaldo, left. AFP

Left to right back row: Wojciech Szczesny, Gianluigi Buffon and Giorgio Chiellini. AFP

Cristiano Ronaldo training with Juve. AFP

Cristiano Ronaldo . AFP

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, right. AFP

Rodrigo Bentancur, left, and Paulo Dybalao. AFP

Juventus manager Maurizio behind Cristiano Ronaldo. AFP

Juventus players during. AP

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Feb 26, 2020

February 26, 2020

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Cristiano Ronaldo trained with his Juventus teammates in northern Italy on Tuesday ahead of Wednesday's Champions League match against Lyon, with manager Maurizio Sarri rejecting suggestions fans should be allowed to attend the match in France due to the coronavirus outbreak in Italy.

The virus had claimed 11 lives in Italy by Tuesday evening, with 322 confirmed infections, and authorities have said upcoming matches in Serie A will be played behind closed doors to combat its spread, as well as Thursday's Europa League game between Inter Milan and Ludogorets of Bulgaria.

The mayors of the two towns in the Lyon suburbs across which the Groupama Stadium, the venue for Wednesday's game, is situated have called for away fans to be banned from attending as a result. However, close to 3,000 fans from Italy are expected at the game.

"In my opinion it is a European problem, not an Italian problem," said Sarri, as the first question at Tuesday's press conference before the Champions League last 16, first leg focused on the coronavirus outbreak.

"In Italy we have done 3,500 tests and we have a certain number of positive cases. In France about 300 tests have been done, so probably if they had done as many tests as us there would be as many positive cases.

"It is a European problem so I believe that our supporters have every right to be here.

"Obviously we have to confront the problem and the authorities need to firstly contain it."

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Updated: February 26, 2020 09:36 AM

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