The Italian fixture list has taken another hit as the spread of the disease continues to wreak havoc with All the National football scene
Juventus’ Coppa Italia semi-final second leg with AC Milan on Wednesday night was postponed because of the continuing coronavirus catastrophe in Italy.
The sides are level at 1-1 after the first leg when Cristiano Ronaldo buried a controversial late penalty to cancel out Ante Rebic’s opener.
A meeting was held with Juventus agents, the Mayor of Turin Chiara Appendino and perfect Claudio Paolomba.
Juve’s head of communications, Claudio Albanese, had already made clear:”Juventus respects any decision taken by the police, public health is also a priority great for society.”
The virus has caused chaos with the Italian soccer calendar, using a range of Serie A fixtures postponed in recent weeks.
Juve’s top-of-the-table clash with Inter last weekend was one of five matches postponed, having formerly been allowed to be played behind closed doors.
Udinese vs Fiorentina, Milan vs Genoa, Parma vs SPAL and Sassuolo vs Brescia were the four additional fittings postponed that weekend, and reorganised for May 13.
Juve’s match with Inter was allegedly set to be played on Monday, March 9 so as to alleviate possible fixture congestion later in the season.
Inter were reportedly unhappy with this settlement. President Steven Zhang called Serie A president Paolo Dal Pino “the largest and darkest clown I’ve ever seen” over his handling of this fixture chaos.
A government decree has suspended all sporting events in areas affected by the coronavirus until March 8.
That’s meant Juve’s match with Bologna won’t go ahead. Atalanta vs Lazio, Inter vs Sassuolo, and Hellas Verona vs Napoli are the other games postponed this weekend.
A meeting is scheduled to be held on Wednesday, March 4 with Serie A chiefs and representatives from clubs to determine the course of action over the rest of the season.
An outbreak of a deadly coronavirus from the city of Wuhan in late 2019 placed large pieces of China on lockdown and the rest of the world on high alert.
Despite taking steps in an attempt to contain the spread of this virus, it’s spread across China and across the world, including the United Kingdom, America, Australia and parts of Europe.
Travel restrictions are in effect across China, especially so in the area most affected, with health officials advising people to avoid traveling into or from seriously affected countries.