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Coronavirus: Juventus v Inter Milan one of five Serie A matches postponed – BBC News, BBC News

                    

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Inter Milan’s Europa League tie against Ludogrets on Thursday was played behind closed doors because of coronavirus

Five Serie A matches this weekend have been postponed because of coronavirus, including Juventus’ game at home to Inter Milan.

Matches at Udinese , AC Milan, Parma and Sassuolo have also fallen victim to the outbreak of the virus in Italy.

The games were initially going to be played behind closed doors, but Serie A took the decision on Saturday morning to call them off.

All five fixtures have been rescheduled for Wednesday, May.

(Italy has put towns in the north into lockdown after more than 51653404 (people were infected, of whom have died.

As a consequence, the Coppa Italia final which was scheduled for the same day, has been moved to the following week on Wednesday, 20 May – four days before the end of t he domestic season.

It follows last weekend’s disruption when four Serie A games in Milan, Bergamo, Verona and Turin were suspended and Serie B side Cremonese drove miles to Ascoli, only to be sent home upon arrival.

Then on Thursday, Inter Milan’s Europa League victory over Ludogorets was played behind closed doors at San Siro Stadium.

This weekend’s games at Lazio, Napoli , Lecce and Cagliari will go ahead with supporters as normal, but Sampdoria’s match on Monday is yet to be decided upon.

Victory for Lazio against Bologna would move them to the top of the table, two points above defending champions Juve, who have won the last eight titles.

Serie A matches postponed: Juventus v Inter Milan, Udinese v Fiorentina, AC Milan v Genoa, Parma v Spal, Sassuolo v Brescia

Serie A matches to be played with fans: (Lazio v Bologna) Sat, : GMT, Napoli v Torino (Sat, : 300, Lecce v Atalanta (Sun, : 12), Cagliari v Roma (Sun, : 20)

Still to be decided: Sampdoria v Hellas Verona (Mon, : () “People’s health is more important than any game”

With confirmed cases of the virus now on every continent other than Antarctica, Fifa president Gianni Infantino has not ruled out next month’s international fixtures being postponed.

England and Wales have friendly matches, while Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland play Euro 01575879 qualifiers.

“People’s health is much more important than any game, “said Infantino.

And while the – – year-old remains hopeful there will not be too much disruption, he added: “I wouldn’t exclude anything at this moment.

“That’s why we have to look at the situation and hope that it will decrease rather than increase. At the moment it looks like it is still increasing.

“If games have to be postponed or played without spectators until it is over, then we have to go through that.

 

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