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Five Serie A matches postponed after Italy coronavirus outbreak

February 29, 2020 17:39 IST
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IMAGE: A pigeon flies over a woman wearing a protective mask in the Duomo Square on February 28, 2020 in Milan, Italy. Italy registered a 25 per cent surge in coronavirus cases in 24 hours, with infections remaining centered on outbreaks in two northern regions, Lombardy and Veneto. But a few cases have turned up now in southern Italy too. In Italy so far 650 people have been infected and 17 have died, officials say, amid global efforts to stop the virus spreading. Photograph: Marco Di Lauro/Getty Images

Five Serie A matches scheduled for this weekend, including the clash between Juventus and Inter Milan, have been postponed because of the ongoing coronavirus crisis, Italy’s soccer League said on Saturday.

 

All five soccer games, which also include matches between AC Milan-Genoa, Parma-Spal, Sassuolo-Brescia and Udinese-Fiorentina, will be played instead on May 13.

The matches had been due to go ahead behind closed doors after the government banned public gatherings in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. However, a soccer official, speaking off the record, said broadcasters and fans did not want the matches to be played in empty stadiums.

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