With Sunday’s news that two coronavirus cases were detected at Atletico Madrid, there was immediately speculation over who the two affected people are.
Some fans joked about hoping that Thomas Lemar was one of the two, given that he wouldn’t be expected to start the Champions League clash with RB Leipzig anyway.
Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde then responded to these fans, coming out in defence of his fellow Frenchman.
“I’m seeing messages hoping that it’s Thomas Lemar who has COVID,” he wrote.
“You’re truly shameful.
“Let’s have some respect when we’re talking about human life.
“This isn’t a joke.”
Kounde is currently in Germany with Sevilla as they prepare to complete their own European season in the Europa League.