Serie A set to BAN fans from all games for a month due to coronavirus – The Sun03/04/2020
SERIE A is set to BAN fans from all games for a month due to coronavirus.
Italy is the European nation most-affected by the deadly bug, with 2,263 reported cases and 79 deaths already.
Ten top-flight games have already been postponed, with coronavirus affecting all but one of the nation's 19 regions.
The north has been most-heavily hit, with Juventus' top-of-the-table clash with Inter Milan the highest-profile casualty.
Now, Napoli's game with Inter has been called off, along with Juve's game against AC Milan.
Now fans may be told to stay away from matches altogether as bosses fear large crowds will aid the spread of the virus.
Italian sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora revealed a plan was in the works to play games behind closed doors.
WE WILL CONTINUE
When asked if fans would be ordered to stay away from stadiums, Spadafora revealed: "We are heading towards that decision.
“We will continue all activities, and so will the league, but we will respect public health.”
The news throws England's Six Nations clash in Italy on March 14 into question.
Italy have already had their game against Ireland postponed.
And the world of sport is waiting on baited breath, with the Olympic Games, Euro 2020, London Marathon and Formula One calendar just a few events tipped to be cancelled.
The Premier League season could also be cut short in a worst-case scenario, with Liverpool fans waiting anxiously for any updates as they bid to break their title drought.
France have already banned any gatherings involving 5,000 or more people – while Switzerland have imposed even stricter measures, at just 1,000.
Now the Champions League could be affected, with Paris Saint-Germain's game with Borussia Dortmund just one of many at risk.
Juventus vs Lyon and Valencia vs Atalanta are also tipped to be played behind closed doors due to the involvement of the two northern Italian sides.
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