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Saturday March 28 2020
Coronavirus: Over 10,000 deaths in Italy

Coronavirus deaths have now surpassed 10,000 in Italy, with another 889 fatalities on Saturday.

Yesterday saw Italy record its worst daily death toll, of 969, since the COVID-19 pandemic first began. 

Although that figure has dropped to 889 in the last 24 hours, 10,023 have now died from the virus.

On the plus side, 1,434 more people have recovered (+845 since Friday).

There are now 92,472 cases of coronavirus on the peninsula, with 70,065 of those active.

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Saturday March 28 2020
Ogbonna: 'England laughed at Italy'

West Ham United defender Angelo Ogbonna has talked about life in quarantine in the UK and how England “laughed” at Italy, “underestimating a global issue.”

Ogbonna left Juventus and signed for the Irons in July 2015, going on to play 152 games since his €15m move to the Premier League.

He revealed his wife was expecting their second child, it was difficult to keep in shape living in an apartment in the English capital and that the country reacted late to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Friday March 27 2020
Wembley lights up for England-Italy

Wembley Stadium has lit up with the colours of the Italy flag, on an evening when the Azzurri were supposed to take on England.

The two nations were scheduled to play tonight, as part of their respective preparations for Euro 2020.

However, the coronavirus pandemic forced the friendly to be called off, with both countries in the midst of lockdown.

To mark the occasion, the arch of Wembley Stadium – due to be hosting the game – has been lit up green, white and red.

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Friday March 27 2020
Insigne hails Gattuso rapport

Napoli forward Lorenzo Insigne confirms he has a “really good” relationship with Gennaro Gattuso and that Italy have “the aim of winning” Euro 2021.

The Napoli squad is currently in self-isolation as part of Italy’s nationwide lockdown to combat the coronavirus pandemic, and Insigne explained how he and his colleagues were coping.

“We’re all working hard at home,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

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Friday March 27 2020
Zaniolo: 'Better with each day'

Roma midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo admits his ACL injury felt like “a hammer blow” but assures “I feel better and better with each day.”

Zaniolo remains on the mend after rupturing knee ligaments against Juventus in January and had been due to miss Italy’s Euro 2020 campaign.

However, he could be back in time to end the season with Roma if a coronavirus extension is granted, while the European Championship has been put back to 2021.

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Friday March 27 2020
Gravina confirms Scudetto winner

FIGC President Gabriele Gravina has confirmed that there will be a Scudetto winner this season, despite there being still no sign of a resumption.

Gravina has always maintained that the 2019-20 campaign will be completed, although the outbreak of coronavirus in Italy keeps an abandonment a very real possibility.

“There’s a plan, to which we’ve given absolute priority,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

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Friday March 27 2020
Malago: 'Football could follow rugby'

Italian Olympics chief Giovanni Malago has claimed that the rugby federation’s decision to cancel the season “will happen in other sports too”.

It was announced this morning that the professional rugby season had been abandoned, yet the FIGC continues to hold out for a conclusion to the campaign.

However, Malago – while disagreeing with the FIR’s timing – expects other sports to follow suit.

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Friday March 27 2020
Bastoni: '10 years at Inter'

Alessandro Bastoni says he can see himself at Inter for the next 10 years, “with some trophies in the cabinet and maybe the captaincy.”

Bastoni returned to Inter last summer after a loan spell at Parma and has gradually broken into their first team, displacing the vastly-experienced Diego Godin at the back.

“At first I was scared, I was afraid of not being good enough for Inter,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“It wasn’t because of my €31m price tag but rather the expectations of the fans and Conte.

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Friday March 27 2020
Cannavaro: 'No longer in isolation'

Fabio Cannavaro says “life is getting back to normal” in China after his isolation ended, “so this must give us hope in Italy.”

Cannavaro has spent the duration of the coronavirus pandemic in China due to his role as coach of Guangzhou Evergrande.

China is also where the outbreak of COVID-19 originated, but the former Italy captain believes the situation is now under control.

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Friday March 27 2020
Italian rugby cancels season

The Italian Rugby Federation has officially cancelled the 2019-20 season in light of the coronavirus crisis.

A statement released by the FIR this morning confirmed there would be no champions, promotions or relegations in any of its 19-20 league competitions.

The federation says this decision was taken to “protect the health and future” of its players, show it has “ethical” values and give clubs time to plan for next season.

The FIR operates four divisions - the Top12, Serie A, Serie B and Serie C.

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