In a devastating news for the talismatic football manager, the mother of former Barcelona and current Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has died after contracting COVID-19.
This was made public by the English Premier League club in a statement on social media on Monday. She was 82.
“The Manchester City family are devastated to report the death today of Pep’s mother Dolors Sala Carrio in Manresa, Barcelona after contracting Corona Virus,” the statement read.
“Everyone associated with the club sends their most heartfelt sympathy at this most distressing time to Pep, his family and all their friends.”
Football across the world – as well as nearly all other sports – has come to a standstill with the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
Spain has reported the second highest number of cases globally, along with more than 13,000 deaths, having overtaken Italy a day before. The US has reported the highest number of cases of more than 337,000 cases.