Saturday February 22 2020
Coronavirus affects sport in Italy

The first cases of Coronavirus in Italy, including an amateur player, have prompted the suspension of 40 games, but so far Serie A and B are unaffected.

The world of sport in Italy was inevitably swept up in the situation because the first man to be diagnosed in Lodi (Lombardy) is a 38-year-old amateur football player, who represented local team Codogno.

He is currently in stable but serious condition in hospital, with several others known to the man showing signs of the illness.

There are now 29 people diagnosed with the highly-contagious disease in Italy, in the Lombardy and Veneto regions, with two having died.

They are a 78-year-old and a 67-year-old, based in Padova and Lombardy.

The Lega Nazionale Dilettanti announced that 40 amateur games have been postponed for this weekend.

So far, none of the Serie A, B or Lega Pro fixtures have been affected, but Lega Pro President Francesco Ghirelli confirmed “the situation is being constantly monitored. We are in collaborating closely with the authorities.”

Inter had worn a special patch on their jersey during the Milan Derby showing solidarity with the people of Wuhan in China, where the disease was first spotted.

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