NEWS
Thursday August 16 2018
Serie A start postponed?

It’s reported that the first weekend of Serie A could be postponed, in light of the tragic bridge collapse in Genoa.

The Ponte Morandi collapsed on Tuesday morning, leaving at least 39 people dead and many more injured.

Sampdoria have asked for their match with Fiorentina to be postponed while the city mourns, and Genoa’s ultras have made it clear they won’t attend the Grifone’s match at San Siro against Milan.

It may not be only those two games that are affected though, as Il Secolo XIX reports.

Serie A is due to kick-off on Saturday with Chievo-Juventus and Lazio-Napoli, but a state funeral will be held for the victims on the same day, which has been declared as a national day of mourning.

That would therefore make it unlikely that those two games can be played.

Should Genoa and Sampdoria’s games be postponed there would still be six potentially playable games, but given the scale of the disaster they could be delayed too. The Lega Serie A is expected to make a statement later today to clarify the matter.

Fiorentina’s ultras have made it clear today that they won’t attend Sampdoria-Fiorentina, with various groups signing a statement declaring “the pain of this tragedy doesn’t require a game of football”.

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