The famous bridge that links Genoa to the rest of Italy collapsed Tuesday resulting in the loss of 39 lives, with the death toll expected to rise.
Genoa and Sampdoria both requested that their matches and the entire opening round of Serie A matches be postponed in light of the tragedy.
The Lega #SerieA has officially confirmed that #Sampdoria-#Fiorentina and #ACMilan-#Genoa have been postponed in light of the bridge collapse in Genoa. https://t.co/ZGaV7gnaX9 pic.twitter.com/OV3sg0ji2D— footballitalia (@footballitalia) August 16, 2018
According to Football Italia, Lega Serie A has stated that the two games involving both Genovese clubs will be postponed, but there has so far been no confirmation on the other eight matches.
A statement from the body reads, “The President of the Lega Serie A, given the requests for postponement of their matches scheduled for Sunday, August 19 at 20.30 on the part of the clubs Sampdoria and Genoa as result of the tragedy which hit Genoa, and having received the assent of both Fiorentina and Milan, has decided on the postponement of the Sampdoria-Fiorentina and Milan-Genoa matches,”
Lega Serie A has also stated that the rescheduled dates will be announced “within the coming days.”
The Genoa Ultras will be grateful for this news as earlier in the week they indicated that they would forgo attending the game had it still been on.
For Milan, the postponement would mean that Calhanoglu will serve his suspension the against Napoli, thus missing that crucial tie.
Ultimately, I believe this decision is the right one as it affords the city of Genoa more time to recover from the harrowing incident. The opening game/s of the season should be one of joy, free from the spectre of such a tragic incident hanging over the minds of players and fans alike.
Our prayers and thoughts go to all those affected by the tragedy.