Published: Thu, February 27, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Coronavirus could see more Serie A games played behind closed doors

Coronavirus could see more Serie A games played behind closed doors

Lazio are currently one point behind Juventus in Serie A and five points above Inter, who now have a game in hand.

"Football needs the public, to feel the atmosphere", he said. "The atmosphere is the most lovely thing", Conte told Sky Sport Italia. "I hope that everything will return to normal as soon as possible".

Italy's move came as part of preventative measures against the spread of the coronavirus, officially named COVID-19 which originated in China, after two people died and dozens more reportedly tested positive.

"Following the demands of the sports world and knowing that the ban on sporting events open to the public remains in force in six regions of northern Italy, we have agreed to the holding of matches behind closed doors", said Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora after a meeting of the Council of Ministers.

Inter said it would close the hospitality areas and media areas and there would be no news conferences for the last 32, second leg tie against the Bulgarian side.

The Brazilian attacker has missed the Bianconeri club's past three matches due to a thigh problem and will also miss tomorrow's Champions League first leg knockout match away to French side Lyon.

"The club has shown its full commitment in taking appropriate action, such as closing the hospitality areas and cancelling all activities that would have meant the gathering of people, in order to ensure that the match can take place safely", Inter said in a statement.

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The clash in Turin will not be the only game this weekend played behind closed doors.

No decision has been made about Monday night's contest between Sampdoria and Verona, which takes place in the northern city of Genoa.

'Conte is a symbol of Juventus - he has won multiple Scudettos, ' Agnelli added.

The outbreak of coronavirus in Italy forced four top-flight matches to be postponed over the weekend, including Sunday's clash between Scudetto hopefuls Inter and Sampdoria.

Serie C canceled all games in its A and B leagues, which have teams in the north. Volleyball and rugby games were also suspended nationwide through next weekend. "Starting from this, there is a dialogue with those who have to decide, but we will accept the decisions that are taken".

"FIR invites all the affiliated companies and respect the indications regarding the containment of the emergency".

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