COVID-19: Spanish soccer coach Francisco García dies at 21 | Football news
It was discovered that Francisco García, coach of the youth team of the Spanish league’s second division team, Atlético Portada Alta, suffered from leukemia after being transferred to a local hospital with severe symptoms of COVID-19.
“We want to express our sincere condolences to the family, friends and close friends of our coach Francisco García, who unfortunately left us. Now, what do we do without you, Francis?” The club, which played in La Liga 2, said.
“How are we going to continue conquering … in the league? We don’t know how, but surely we will do it for you. We will not forget you, rest in peace, phenomenon. Until forever.”
Local media quoted medical experts who said Garcia could have survived had he not been suffering from leukemia.
García has become the fifth and youngest victim of the disease in the region.
The Spaniard died Sunday after testing positive for COVID-19 last week, after being sent to the Malaga Regional Hospital for treatment.
Spain has become one of the most affected countries in the world with more than 300 deaths and more than 9,000 confirmed cases of the dreaded virus.
More than 170,000 have tested positive for the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide and of these, more than 7,000 have died so far.