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Sunday March 1 2020
Marotta: 'Lega Serie A take the blame'

Inter director Beppe Marotta reiterates the Lega Serie A “must accept the blame” for the fixture chaos, as clubs are refusing to play behind closed doors.

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Sunday March 1 2020
Serie A crisis of our own making

The Coronavirus crisis has brought the worst out of Serie A and all Italian organisations, as Susy Campanale urges everyone to just accept what needs to be done.

Serie A remains a long way behind the Premier League and La Liga because it is run in much the same way as every other Italian organisation: badly and with consistent inconsistency. Logic goes out the window, decisions are announced by one authority, changed by another, final verdicts are given at the last minute and it’s impossible to prepare for any of these eventualities. Who would be so foolish as to plan a trip to a Serie A match when you have no guarantee even a week beforehand that it’ll be played on the date you booked the flights and hotel?

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Sunday March 1 2020
New Govt decree blocks Serie A games

The Italian Government has issued a new decree ordering the suspension of all sporting events in Coronavirus-affected regions until March 8, including Atalanta-Lazio, Bologna-Juventus and Inter-Sassuolo.

That means all games based in the cluster regions – Lombardy, Veneto, Emilia-Romagna, then more specifically the cities of Savona and Pesaro-Urbino – will either be behind closed doors or not played at all.

This would include Serie A fixtures next weekend such as Atalanta-Lazio, Bologna-Juventus, Inter-Sassuolo and Verona-Napoli.

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Sunday March 1 2020
Official: Sampdoria-Verona is off

The chaos in Serie A continues, as just hours after it was announced Sampdoria-Verona would be played behind closed doors, it has now been postponed.

The Coronavirus outbreak in northern Italy has already killed 30 people and infected over 1,200.

While the Regione Liguria local authorities announced earlier this evening that Sampdoria-Verona would go ahead on Monday evening behind closed doors, the Lega Serie A then changed the plan again.

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Sunday March 1 2020
Emergency Lega Serie A meeting

An extraordinary meeting of the 20 Serie A clubs has been called for Wednesday March 4 to deal with the repercussions of the Coronavirus outbreak and scheduling changes.

The get-together was organised after today’s conference call of Lega Serie A counsellors failed to find a common solution.

Between last weekend and this round, nine Serie A games have been postponed due to public health fears over the Coronavirus outbreak.

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Sunday March 1 2020
Atalanta fans checked for Coronavirus

Atalanta sold 201 tickets for today’s Serie A game with Lecce, but only around 30 made the trip and are being checked for Coronavirus symptoms.

It kicks off at the Stadio Via del Mare at 14.00 GMT, click here for the line-ups and LIVEBLOG.

This is one of only two games going ahead in Serie A today due to the Coronavirus outbreak, as Lecce is not one of the areas with cases of the disease.

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Sunday March 1 2020
Serie A: 'Inter refused to play on Monday'

Lega Serie A chief Paolo Dal Pino insists Inter “categorically refused” to play Juventus with open doors on Monday. “They should take responsibility and not talk of a distorted league.”

The row over the decision to postpone five Serie A games – including Juventus-Inter – to May 13 has caused huge controversy, as on Thursday it had been announced they would be played behind closed doors due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

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Sunday March 1 2020
Govt: 'No suspicion over Serie A fixtures'

Minister for Sport Vincenzo Spadafora explains why Juventus-Inter and other games were postponed, while some fans are allowed in for Juventus-Milan. "It depends on indications from the scientific community."

There has been chaos over the last week in Serie A, as various authorities scrambled to deal with the rapidly-spreading disease, which now has well over 1,000 positive cases in Italy and 29 deaths.

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Sunday March 1 2020
Marotta: 'Risk not concluding Serie A season'

Beppe Marotta slammed the Lega Serie A for the postponement of fixtures including Juventus-Inter. “Playing behind closed doors is no longer an option. The tournament has been distorted and we risk not even concluding the season.”

It had been announced on Thursday that five Serie A fixtures in the areas affected by the Coronavirus outbreak – Juventus-Inter, Milan-Genoa, Udinese-Fiorentina, Sassuolo-Brescia and Parma-SPAL – would be played behind closed doors.

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Saturday February 29 2020
Maran: 'Cagliari ready for Roma'

Rolando Maran believes Cagliari are raring to go against Roma on Sunday, having already seen one Serie A game called off due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

It kicks off on Sunday at 17.00 GMT, click here for a match preview.

This will be one of only two Serie A games going ahead on Sunday, along with Lecce-Atalanta, as the others have all been rescheduled to May 13 due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

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