Monday February 24 2020
Italian government to give OK to behind closed doors matches

The Italian government is increasingly likely to allow Serie A, Coppa Italia and European games to be played behind closed doors, amidst the Coronavirus spreading throughout the country.

Four Serie A games were postponed yesterday due to outbreaks in northern Italy.

The idea of playing games in neutral venues was briefly suggested, but seemed to be shot down due to logistical issues.

With Serie A clubs fearing a scheduling crisis, the league President Paolo Dal Pino drafted a letter to the Italian government asking that all Serie A games, and in addition to Coppa Italia and European matches, be played behind closed doors until the threat of the Coronavirus subsides.

Website Calcio e Finanza report that Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte is expected to sign a decree this afternoon, agreeing to the league’s request.

An announcement is likely to be made this evening.

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