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Serie A matches postponed as Italy looks to deal with coronavirus fears

Italy has been badly hit by the virus and five matches scheduled for this Sunday - including Juventus vs Inter Milan - have been postponed

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Fans wear masks during a match between Lazio and Bologna in Serie A
Fans wear masks during a match between Lazio and Bologna in Serie A Credit: AP

2020欧洲杯足球即时比分Italy’s Serie A programme has been derailed this weekend by the coronavirus, with five matches postponed until May, including the game between leaders Juventus and third-placed Inter Milan.

With sport, globally, now intensifying its contingency planning and still waiting to discover the potential impact, the English Football Association said that it would continue to take official government advice and was expecting Wembley friendlies later this month against Italy and Denmark to take place.

Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer, warned on Thursday that it was "just a matter of time" before the virus spreads within the UK and added that "the kinds of things" you consider cancelling are mass gatherings. The number of confirmed cases in the UK rose on Saturday to 23.

If the government was to follow the example of Switzerland and declare a ban on gatherings of more than 1,000 people, matches could be played behind closed doors and still broadcast on television. Premier League officials are still taking a “watching brief” and also do not intend any changes unless government guidance changes.

Matches at Juventus, Udinese, AC Milan, Parma and Sassuolo this weekend have been postponed and rescheduled for May 13 despite an initial proposal to play those fixtures behind closed doors.

This has also meant that the Coppa Italia final, which was scheduled May 13, has been moved back a week to Wednesday May 20, which is only four days before the end of the domestic season. Italy has put towns in the north into lockdown after more than 300 people were infected, 12 of whom have died. 

World Triathlon also cancelled its event that was due to take place next week in Abu Dhabi. No British athletes are believed to have caught the virus so far, but cyclists Chris Froome and Mark Cavendish were among those riders in lockdown in Abu Dhabi.

Serie A matches postponed as Italy looks to deal with coronavirus fears