Italian Football Is Suffering The Consequences Of The Country's Recent Coronavirus Outbreak
24 February 2020
The coronavirus’s presence in Italy isn’t going to stop affecting football fixtures throughout the country.
Concerns from the Lombardy and Veneto regions in the northern parts of the country led to the postponement of four Serie A (The Italian Top Flight Football League) fixtures over the weekend.
Inter Milan’s clash with Sampdoria, Torino’s game at home to Parma, Verona’s tie with Cagliari and Atalanta’s match against Sassuolo were all the weekend’s fixtures that needed to be called off due to the risk of the disease spreading.
Italy is currently experiencing the worst coronavirus outbreak in Europe.
As of Sunday there were 219 confirmed cases and 5 people who had lost their lives due to the epidemic.
To restrict the virus from spreading authorities in the most at-risk areas have ordered the closure of public buildings, limited transport and placed a ban on public events in 10 municipalities.
The Serie A is yet to state what will happen moving forward, however due to the disease being a social concern the Italian government will determine if it safe for football fixtures to go ahead.
In Asia, the Hong Kong and Singapore Rugby Sevens tournaments as well as the Chinese Grand Prix have both been postponed and will no longer take place in April.