Massimo Donati Pleads With Fans To Forget Football

Former Celt, Massimo Donati, who is now the Kilmarnock assistant, blasted any question linked to the outcome of the SPFL season. The Italian has far greater worries on his mind, concerning the welfare of his parents and extended family back in Italy.

Donati told the Daily Record: “I have no answer now to the questions of Scottish football, because the most important thing now is preserving people’s lives. After we fix this problem with coronavirus, then we can talk about title winners and relegation, Champions League and Europa League places. Until then, it isn’t important to speak.”

The Italian veteran, who famously scored a last gasp winner against Shaktar Donetsk in his Celtic days, was very stern in his discussion surrounding the lockdown. “It’s a terrible time and no-one likes not being free to do what they want to do, but we can’t cry about it. We must stay at home and save lives. Let’s be positive and try to believe that in one or two months this will all be over and we can begin to live our lives again.”

Donati then went on to explain the level of his worries for those back home:  “My parents live in Udine and so does my sister and we have to accept that twice a day video conferencing is the only way to communicate for now. It’s not nice for my family, but they are safe and well and so are my friends and we think of others in very bad situations. In Bergamo, for example, so many people have died and the hospitals are crazy, overflowing with people and now it is expected to hit the south. Hospitals and organisations there are not like the north. They are saying it could take a lot of people. This virus is trying to take everyone. Some people will not come out of it any worse off, but it’s killing many others and that’s why it’s important everyone stays home, stays safe and follows instructions.”

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