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Serie A suspension confirmed by Italian PM as corona fears soar

Tue 10 March 2020 | 6:33

Italian government has confirmed the suspension of not only Serie A fixtures but also all the sporting events in Italy as the country enters a lockdown state.

According to Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte, Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI) has decided to suspend all sporting events in Italy until April 3 as the country enters a lockdown state amid soaring corona fears.

In compliance with a previous government decree, all sporting events in Italy had to take place behind closed doors until April, but due to a considerable rise in the number of positive cases in Italy, CONI has suspended all sporting events in the country as a new measure.

Restrictions in Italy are heightening including the restrictions put on travelling to the country from abroad which previously was only in place for the so-called red zones. Also all Serie A fixtures plus other sporting events in Italy are suspended as has been decided by CONI and confirmed by the Italian prime minister, Giuseppe Conte.

As the number of positive cases in Italy has soared to a total of 9172 people, any public gathering except for work or emergency ones has been banned in the country.

"There is no more time, the numbers tell us there is a significant increase in the contagion, in intensive care and deaths," Conte said in a news conference.

"Our habits have to change, we must sacrifice something for the good of all of Italy. This is why we will adopt even more stringent measures.

"I will sign the new decree, which can be summed up with the phrase 'I am staying at home'. There are no more red zones, there is just an Italy that is protected.

"We must avoid travel unless for proven work reasons, health reasons or other necessities. We ban large public gatherings.

"We also have more stringent measures in mind for sporting events. Serie A and all sporting tournaments in general are suspended. All the fans must accept that."

We don't know yet what it really might mean when it comes to Champions League and Europa League matches involving Italian teams.

As by now, no matches have been postponed by UEFA, however, UEFA confirmed on Monday that the upcoming Roma-Sevilla match in Europa League at Stadio Olimpico on March 19 will be played behind closed doors.

Another UEFA competition, Euro 2020, is due to begin in Rome on June 12.

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