A new Government decree has ruled that all sporting events in Italy can only be played behind closed doors until early April, it has been confirmed.
There are a number of designated ‘red areas’ where the coronavirus outbreak has hit hardest, with Lombardy being one of them, the region which of course calls Milano its capital.
However, this particular ruling extends to all areas, even those that have not yet been hit by the outbreak, of which the number of cases within the country rose to over 3,000 including 107 confirmed deaths.
In addition, the decree rules that all sports clubs, by means of their medical staff, are required to carry out the appropriate checks to contain the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus among athletes, technicians, managers and all accompanying persons who participate.
This comes after Milan’s home game against Genoa on Sunday afternoon was postponed due to the virus, as was the Coppa Italia semi-final second leg against Juventus, scheduled for tonight.