Serie B club Pescara showed how seriously they are taking the Coronavirus outbreak by stepping on to the pitch with protective masks.
A statement from the club explained their actions during the game with Benevento this evening, which as with all sporting events in Italy until April 3, is played behind closed doors.
“Worried for the health of our players and opponents, we went into the game wearing protective masks.
“These will be removed only if the referee invites us to, seeing as this is not in the rules.”
Pescara were trying to make a statement after the Players’ Association and Minister for Sport called for an immediate suspension of the league competitions during the Coronavirus crisis.
The situation has become extremely worrying, as over the last 24 hours, another 133 people have died in Italy from the respiratory disease.
That takes the death toll to 366 with 7,375 confirmed positive cases in the country.
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