Upcoming matches in Italian Serie A and the Europa League will be played behind closed doors battle the spread of coronavirus, the Italian sport minister declared on Monday evening.
“Following the requests of the sports world and realizing that the ban on sporting events open to the public remains in force in six regions of northern Italy, we have agreed to the holding of matches behind closed doors,” said Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora after a meeting of the Council of Ministers.
Inter Milan themselves declared their Europa League match with Ludogorets on Thursday would be played without any fans present.
“In agreement with UEFA, the Lombardy regional health authorities and Milan city council, our return game with Ludogorets will be played behind closed doors,” an Inter statement said.
The sports minister didn’t indicate which Serie A matches at the end of the week would be included in the ban.
There are six games in the regions he mentioned, including the clash on Sunday evening between leader Juventus and third-place Inter.
Italy announced its seventh passing from the infection on Monday and it has the most affirmed cases in Europe.
Eleven towns – 10 in Lombardy and one in neighboring Veneto – are under lockdown, with nearly 50,000 residents prohibited from leaving.
Napoli’s Champions League match against Barcelona on Tuesday isn’t in danger.
The option in contrast to banning fans is to postpone games and Gabriele Gravina, the president of the Italian Football League clarified earlier in the day that he was against that is.
“We have made an official request to Health Minister Roberto Speranza to have this game played behind closed doors,” Gravina told the press. “We anticipate a brisk response, however we have been informed that the result will be positive.”
Other sports were additionally hit with the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) affirming that in accordance with government guidelines, all events in the Lombardy and Veneto areas would be postponed.
Regional authorities have ordered assembling spots, for example, bars, cafés, cinemas and discos to close.