Sunday February 23 2020
PM: 'Could postpone all games next week'

Prime Minister of Italy Giuseppe Conte confirmed “we will evaluate postponing all next week’s matches” due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

The rapid spread of cases diagnosed in northern Italy has seen several regions essentially go on lockdown, shutting all sporting events, public spaces and schools until midnight on March 1.

There were four Serie A matches postponed on Sunday, Inter-Sampdoria, Atalanta-Sassuolo, Verona-Cagliari and Torino-Parma.

PM Conte was on RAI television this evening and asked if the next round of Serie A fixtures could be called off entirely.

“I don’t think that in just one week we’d be able to slow down the contagion so much that we could resume sporting events,” was the reply.

“We are constantly monitoring the situation and will evaluate. We’ll see the evolution of the contagion and evaluate postponing all next week’s matches.”

This would not only include Serie A, but also Serie B, Serie C, the amateur leagues and potentially the Europa League too, as Inter are due to host Ludogorets at San Siro on Thursday.

It is increasingly likely that game will now be played behind closed doors.

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