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Lazio to appear for Serie A kickoff while Torino isolating

A coronavirus outbreak forced Torino players and staff into self-isolation that doesn't end until midnight Tuesday, hours after the scheduled kickoff against Lazio in Rome.

Written by: AP Milan Published on: March 02, 2021 20:49 IST
Torino's Gleison Bremer, right, celebrates with teammates
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Torino's Gleison Bremer, right, celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during a Serie A soccer match between Cagliari and Torino, in Cagliari’s Sardegna Arena stadium, Italy, Friday, Feb. 19

More farcical scenes in Serie A are expected on Tuesday if Lazio walks out onto the Stadio Olimpico pitch even though its Torino opponents are remaining in Turin.

A coronavirus outbreak forced Torino players and staff into self-isolation that doesn't end until midnight Tuesday, hours after the scheduled kickoff against Lazio in Rome.

But Serie A’s governing body has yet to postpone the Lazio-Torino match.

Torino's match against Sassuolo last Friday was postponed until March 17, and that decision was announced the day before the match.

That means there could be a repeat on Tuesday of the farcical scenes around the Juventus-Napoli match when the Biaconeri followed their regular matchday routine and went out onto the field despite knowing their opponent had not left Naples.

Napoli was handed a 3-0 loss by the Italian league and docked one point but eventually had that overturned on appeal by the Italian Olympic Committee — after several failed attempts in other courts — and the match will be rescheduled.

Eight Torino players and two staff members have tested positive for COVID-19.

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