ROBERTO MANCINI says watching Italian military vehicles carry away coffins is “hell on earth”.
Coronavirus has killed a childhood friend of the Italy manager.
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A total of 5,476 have now died in the stricken country and the Army has been called in to manage a lockdown in the Lombardy region.
Former Manchester City boss Mancini, 55, said: “He used to play football with me when we were kids.
“He worked for a charity in Jesi. I am worried about my parents, who still live in Jesi, even if they are doing fine.
“The sight of that convoy of military vehicles filing its way out of Bergamo carrying coffins was like a punch in the face.
“Nobody was prepared for this hell on earth.
“Thinking that people are dying because there aren’t enough intensive care beds is absurd, completely unacceptable.”
Mancini, who has managed the Azzurri since 2018, admitted he was “disappointed” that their friendly with England had to be cancelled.
But he added: “I haven’t even thought about leaving Italy at this time.
I haven’t even thought about leaving Italy at this time. I want to feel close to those in need.
“I feel safe here and I have the full confidence in our doctors who are doing a heroic job. I want to feel close to those in need.”
Lazio have axed training sessions after being slammed for continuing.
And former Leeds chief Massimo Cellino, who now owns Brescia, called for the Serie A season to be cancelled.
He said: “It is time for realism. This is the plague.”