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Sunday March 8 2020
Piedmont chief politician has Coronavirus

The Coronavirus is spreading throughout the Italian Government and local authorities, as now President of Piedmont Alberto Cirio – who had fought to keep Juventus-Inter open – has tested positive.

There are well over 5,000 positive cases now in Italy, including 233 who have died and over 500 in intensive care, and the pace of the epidemic is only increasing.

After head of the co-ruling PD party Nicola Zingaretti tested positive, so now has President of the Piedmont regional assembly Cirio.

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Sunday March 8 2020
Players' Association: 'Stop for Coronavirus'

The Players’ Association President Damiano Tommasi has written to the Government and FIGC about the Coronavirus outbreak. “Stopping football is the most useful action for the country at this moment.”

There are growing calls for the Serie A, B and C seasons to be suspended entirely, just as they were about to get going again with games played behind closed doors.

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Sunday March 8 2020
Italian government issues latest decree

The Italian government has issued another decree, restricting movement throughout northern Italy, with as many as 14 provinces and four regions affected.

The rapid spread of the Coronavirus shows no signs of abating, and this has caused the Italian government to issue another decree.

The latest effectively restricts the movement of people living in the Lombard, Piedmont, Emilia-Romagna and Veneto regions of Italy, unless for “unavoidable work commitments or emergencies.”

The decree was issued in the early hours of this morning.

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Sunday March 8 2020
Balotelli calls for stop to football

Mario Balotelli agrees with the Players’ Association that football should stop in Italy until the Coronavirus is under control. “Money isn’t worth our health, we have to wake up.”

The situation is spiralling out of control, particularly in the Lombardy region, where by far the majority of the over 5,000 cases are based.

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Saturday March 7 2020
Novara patron has Coronavirus

The owner of Serie C club Novara has tested positive for Coronavirus and is currently in hospital.

Novara released a statement confirming that patron Maurizio Rullo had been diagnosed after returning from a work trip to Germany.

Rullo informed the Lega Serie C, but as he did not have contact with the squad following his return, it was not considered necessary to quarantine the whole team.

This is the second club in Serie C to be affected by the Coronavirus, as Pianese had two players and a member of staff test positive.

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Saturday March 7 2020
Players' Association: Stop football now!

Players' Association President Damiano Tommasi has called for the total suspension of all football in Italy after the extension of Coronavirus restrictions.

He had already said earlier today via a statement on the AIC website that players were “concerned” at the lack of protection they were receiving.

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Saturday March 7 2020
Minister: 'Serie A free to air still possible'

Minister for Sport Vincenzo Spadafora maintains “there is still a possibility” Serie A games can be shown free to air in Italy during the Coronavirus outbreak.

All sporting events must be behind closed doors until at least April 3, but there is the fear fans will try to gather in local bars and restaurants to watch them.

The Government has already urged Sky Sport Italia and DAZN to show the games free to air, particularly the more high-profile fixtures like Juventus-Inter.

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Saturday March 7 2020
Lombardy on total lockdown?

A new Government decree will reportedly lock down several regions in northern Italy, so nobody can leave or enter unless for emergencies or unavoidable work commitments, due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

There are concerns this could lead to the complete shutdown of the football season, as it might bar teams from travelling, even when going to play behind closed doors.

However, it’s likely the squads and their staff will be considered exceptions to the rule, particularly as they are constantly checking for Coronavirus symptoms.

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Saturday March 7 2020
D'Aversa: 'Opponent kept changing'

Roberto D’Aversa concedes Parma had to adjust continually in the last couple of weeks, as “the name of our opponent kept changing.”

The game with SPAL kicks off on Sunday at 11.30 GMT, click here for a match preview, a week after it was meant to take place due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

“The team has been working with good intensity during training, even if the name of our opponent kept changing,” confessed D’Aversa during his press conference.

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Saturday March 7 2020
Sarri: 'Juventus-Inter most prestigious game'

Maurizio Sarri can’t wait for the Derby d’Italia, albeit behind closed doors. “Juventus-Inter is the most prestigious match in Serie A due to the history and stature of the two clubs.”

It kicks off on Sunday at 19.45 GMT, click here for a match preview.

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