Official: the coronavirus causes six Serie A matches to be played behind closed doors

first_img“We have sent an official request for the closed-door development of the Inter-Ludogorets Europa League match on Thursday, and we expect a response in a short time,” Gravina said in a press conference organized after a meeting organized at the Roman headquarters of FIGC to analyze the measures to be taken in the coming days.The coronavirus has already caused seven deaths and more than 229 infected in recent days in northern Italy, and four Italian Serie A matches were postponed this Sunday for security reasons.The leadership of the Italian sport and the Government are working to manage the emergency and, at the sports level, it is necessary to dispute the meeting between Inter and Ludogorets on Thursday, because on Friday the draw for the round of 16 of the Europa League will be held.Gravina also explained that, in the absence of definitive confirmation, it is very likely that the next day of Series A will also be held behind closed doors. “I think that Sunday will be played behind closed doors. This evening we should receive the response from the Government,” said the Italian federal president. Italian football is still in suspense for the coronavirus. The Italian Sports Minister, Vicenzo Spadafora, has confirmed that the matches played in the regions of Lombardy, Veneto, Piedmont, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Liguria and EMilia-Romagna will be behind closed doors. In Series A they are affected six meetings of day 26: Udinese-Fiorentina, Milan-Genoa, Parma-SPAL, Sassuolo-Brescia, Juventus-Inter and Sampdoria-Verona. While Lazio-Bologna, Naples-Torino, Lecce-Atalanta and Cagliari-Roma will be allowed the presence of fans.Gabriele Gravina, president of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC), said Monday that he asked the Italian government for authorization to play this Thursday’s second leg of the round of 16 of the Europa League between Inter Milan and Ludogorets, which It must be played in Milanese terrain, behind closed doors, because of the alert for the coronavirus. Finally, UEFA announced Monday that the match will be played without a public. last_img

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