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4 Serie A games won't be played amid COVID concerns

The matches affected so far are Bologna vs Inter Milan, Atalanta vs Torino, Fiorentina vs Udinese and Salernitana vs Venezia.

India TV Sports Desk Edited by: India TV Sports Desk
Rome Updated on: January 06, 2022 17:01 IST
San Siro
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File photo of San Siro stadium in Milan.

Highlights

  • The quarantine orders came from authorities in Bologna, Turin, Udine and Salerno
  • Bologna have 8 players who have tested positive for COVID-19; Torino have 6 while Udinese have 7
  • Napoli’s match at Juventus is still scheduled to go ahead despite their 7 players turning positive

With the surge of COVID-19 cases in Italy, the Italian football body (FIGC) has postponed four of the 10 Serie A matches scheduled this Thursday after local health authorities ordered teams into quarantine.

The matches affected so far are Bologna vs Inter Milan, Atalanta vs Torino, Fiorentina vs Udinese and Salernitana vs Venezia.

The quarantine orders came from authorities in Bologna, Turin, Udine and Salerno.

Bologna have eight players who have tested positive for COVID-19; Torino have six players positive plus two staff members; Udinese have seven players positive plus two staff members and Salernitana have nine players positive plus two staff members.

Napoli’s match at Juventus is still scheduled to go ahead despite Napoli reporting seven players positive and three staff members — including coach Luciano Spalletti.

In all, more than 70 players in the league are positive.

League officials met late on Wednesday and decided that all of the games should still be played. So none of the games has been officially postponed. That means that teams like Inter, Atalanta, Fiorentina and Venezia could still show up for matches that they know won’t be played. Then authorities will likely go through a lengthy legal process to decide on the status of the affected games and if they should be postponed to a later date.

Thursday’s matches mark the return of Serie A after a two-week break. Another full slate of 10 matches is scheduled for Sunday.

Thursday is a national holiday in Italy, the Epiphany.

Stadium capacities have been reduced from 75 per cent to 50 per cent following a government decree aimed at combatting the latest outbreak, and spectators must now wear FFP2 masks.

(Reported by AP)