Footballer Diego Costa Pretends to Cough on Journalists During Coronavirus Scare

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Diego Costa, a Spanish footballer for Atletico Madrid, is being blasted online for fake coughing in front of journalists after a match with Liverpool amid the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The incident occurred on March 12 at the Anfield stadium in Anfield, Liverpool, England where the 31-year-old striker walked through the mixed zone, an area reserved for players to speak to the media after a match, according to Daily Mail.

Costa can be seen faking a cough as he walks past reporters to avoid being interviewed. After pulling the joke, the professional football player laughed, but he was the only one who found it funny.

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The player was then called out by many people online, including Daily Mail’s football reporter Dominic King and Press Association’s Carl Markham.

“Nothing like humour… and that was nothing like humour from Diego Costa,” King wrote. “Walks through mixed zone, ignores all requests from Spanish media for interviews then coughs – theatrically – repeatedly as he breezes past. He was the only (one) who laughed.”

“Diego Costa just walked through the mixed zone fake coughing at everyone as he went down the line,” Markham said. “Not particularly funny or appropriate.”

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More than 140,000 people have been infected and over 5,000 people have died because of COVID-19 since the outbreak in December 2019, as of this writing, according to Worldometers. The number of people who have recovered from the disease also went up to more than 70,000.

Feature Image Screenshot via Telemundo Deportes

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