Coronavirus Closes In On EPL As Italian Serie A Takes First Hit

Serie A

A lineup of sporting events including football matches have been postponed in Italy due to the outbreak of Coronavirus.

According to The Guardian, a dozen towns in northern Italy effectively went into lockdown on Saturday after the deaths of two people infected with the coronavirus from China and a growing cluster of cases with no direct links to the origin of the outbreak abroad.

That same day, 40 amateur and youth matches in the regions were called off while the Serie B game between Ascoli and Cremonese was also postponed.

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced late on Saturday evening that all sporting events in two northern regions would be suspended on Sunday including four Serie A matches.

Torino Vs Parma, Inter Milan Vs Sampdoria, Atalanta Vs Sassuolo and Hella Verona against Cagliari were the Serie A matches postponed.

AC Milan announced the postponement of their women’s team’s match against Fiorentina on Sunday, while five Serie C games scheduled for next Wednesday have been shifted.

It is becoming more certain that Inter’s Europa League fixture against Ludogrets might be postponed according to reports.

Already, the Bulgarian champions have demanded assurances from UEFA that it will be safe to travel to Milan for Thursday’s Europa League clash.

Ludogrets hosted Inter in a Europa League round of 32 first leg 0-2 defeat.

However, the outbreak which has seen Italy’s government take draconian measures to contain might stall the return fixture.

Sporting Events Stalled By Coronavirus Outbreak in Italy

– Tennis: The final of the second-tier Challenger event in Bergamo between Ukraine’s Illya Marchenko and France’s Enzo Couacaud scheduled for Sunday was postponed.

– Women’s Six Nations clash between Italy and Scotland delayed.
Also, the first meeting of the board of directors of the Milan-Cortina 2026 Winter Olympics, scheduled for Monday in Milan, will now take place using video.