FC Barcelona has ‘stomach bug’ and cancels friendly with Juventus US tour in ruins
(SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – Spanish professional soccer club FC Barcelona has canceled its preseason friendly against Juventus on the same day after a group of players complained of abdominal pain.
Barcelona announced on its website that it has canceled the friendly against Juventus, which was scheduled to kick off at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, U.S., on Sept. 22 (local time).
“A large part of the squad has contracted viral gastroenteritis,” Barcelona explained.
Juventus has reportedly decided to hold an open training session at Levi’s Stadium instead of the game.
The match was part of the Soccer Champions Tour in the western United States, which features six of European soccer’s biggest clubs.
Barcelona was scheduled to play four matches against Juventus in the first leg of the tour, followed by Arsenal (England), Real Madrid (Spain), and AC Milan (Italy).
However, after the players were struck down with stomach pains, it was no longer guaranteed that the next match would be held.
“I hope the players recover as quickly as possible,” said Barcelona president Juan Laporta. It’s a very difficult situation for the players, 한국야동 the club and the fans.”