Coronavirus: Every Serie A fixture this weekend – including Juventus vs Inter – could be postponed as COVID-19 death toll rises
Feb. 24, 2020
The Italian government is considering postponing ALL next weekend’s Serie A fixtures with the country plagued by the coronavirus outbreak.
This means Juventus’ crucial fixture at the top of the table against title rivals Inter is in serious danger of being called off, with prime minister Giuseppe Conte concerned about the health and safety risks involved.
Inter were one of eight teams who were unable to play last Sunday, with their game against Sampdoria at the San Siro postponed.
As it stands, there are now over 200 reported cases of COVID-19 in the country, with the PM considering taking serious action.
Conte said: “I don’t think that in a single week we will be able to down the infection enough to allow us to resume sporting events.
“We will constantly monitor the situation thanks to the work of the technicians and experts, and then we will evaluate.
“At the moment I can’t say if we will continue with the same measures next week.”
He added: “We are considering postponing all matches.”
It would mean Cristiano Ronaldo and co. will miss the opportunity to extend their lead at the top of the table over second place Lazio and Antonio Conte’s side , who currently sit third with a game in hand.
The games that are postponed are expected to be rescheduled for any available midweek slots.
Lazio vs Bologna, Milan vs Genoa, Napoli vs Torino, Cagliari vs Roma and Parma vs SPAL are among the ten games at risk.
Italy is suffering the worst outbreak of the coronavirus in Europe after the first case was reported in Wuhan, China last December.
The epidemic has forced the FIA to postpone the Chinese Grand Prix, which was initially scheduled to take place in Shanghai on April 19. The first ever Vietnam GP, organised for April 5, could also be suspended over health fears.
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