Italy has suspended all sporting events including Serie A until April 3 in wake of the coronavirus crisis that has engulfed the country. Also Read - Uber Partners With NHA to Provide Cab Service For COVID-19 Healthcare Workers
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte made the announcement on Monday hours after the completion of a Serie A match between Sassuolo and Brescia held behind closed doors. Also Read - Don't Panic, This is Delhi Government's WhatsApp Number: Kejriwal on Delhi's Corona Battle
“I am going to sign a decree that can be summarised as follows: I stay at home,” Conte was quoted as saying by AFP during a television address. “There is no reason why matches and sporting events should continue and I am thinking of the football championship,” he said. Also Read - Air India Halts All Bookings Till April 30, But What About Employees' Pay?
Italy’s Olympic committee had recommended the suspension of sports activities at all levels following a meeting of several sporting federations on Monday.
The step has been taken after travelling across the country was limited with ban on public gatherings following the death of 463 in Italy due to coronavirus.
“I’m sorry but all the fans must take note of it, we will not even allow gyms to be used for sports activities,” Conte said.
However, the decree allows competitions of the likes of UEFA Champions League and Europa League behind closed doors. Juventus will plays host to Lyon for the second leg of their CL last-16 clash while in Europa League, Inter Milan will host Getafe on Thursday and Roma will host Sevilla a week later.
The fast spreading coronavirus is threatening to become a global epidemic with several countries announcing unprecedented measures. There’s threat over the 2020 European Championships which is to be hosted across 12 nations in June and the Tokyo Olympics as well.
Italy is the worst hit European nation by the coronavirus with over 9,000 confirmed cases so far.