A decree from the government of Italy has directed all sporting events to be conducted behind closed doors for a month. The policy is a blanket ban covering all sports across all regions of Italy until the 3rd of April. The coronavirus has escalated dramatically in the country jumping to over 3,000 cases and over 100 deaths.
BREAKING: Italian sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora says the government is likely to order all Serie A games to be played behind closed doors for the next month due to the coronavirus outbreak.https://t.co/3IUZEotqhJ— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) March 4, 2020
The government has also given clubs the responsibility of checking the health of their athletes and staff over the coming weeks. As a result Serie A games this weekend are scheduled to go ahead but behind closed doors.
AC Milan and Italian Football Links
- Milan goalkeeper Donnarumma has lingering ankle injury. [AC Milan Offside]
- Former Chelsea and Monaco executive to join Rangnick's Milan. [AC Milan Offside]
- Atalanta's UCL fixture against Valencia will be behind closed doors. [Football Italia]
- Benevento beat Perugia as Chievo Verona held by Ascoli in Serie B. [Football Italia]
- Juventus vs Inter Milan could take place this weekend. [Football Italia]
World Football Links
- Tim Krul the hero as Norwich knock Tottenham Hotspur out of the FA Cup. [The Guardian]
- Leicester City beat Birmingham City 1-0 to advance in the FA Cup. [Sky Sports]
- Mbappe scores hat trick as PSG smash Lyon 5-1 in the Coupe. [Goal]
- Manchester City beat Sheffield to edge closer to another Cup title. [BBC]
- Eintracht Frankfurt beat Werder Bremen 2-0 to head into Cup semis. [Super Sport]