At least four of the 10 Serie A games scheduled for Thursday will not be played after local health officials ordered the teams to be quarantined amid rising coronavirus cases.
The matches concerned so far are: Bologna against Inter Milan, Atalanta against Turin, Fiorentina against Udinese and Salernitana against Venezia.
Quarantine orders came from authorities in Bologna, Turin, Udine and Salerno.
Bologna has eight players who test positive for COVID-19; Torino has six positive players plus two staff; Udinese have seven positive players plus two staff members and Salernitana have nine positive players plus two staff members.
Napoli’s game at Juventus is still expected to go ahead despite Napoli reporting seven positive players and three staff, including manager Luciano Spalletti.
In total, more than 70 players in the league are positive.
League officials met on Wednesday night and decided that all games still have to be played. None of the matches were therefore officially postponed. This means teams like Inter, Atalanta, Fiorentina and Venezia could still show up for games they know won’t be played. Then authorities will likely go through a lengthy legal process to decide on the status of the affected games and whether they should be postponed to a later date.
Thursday’s matches mark the return of Serie A after a two-week hiatus. Another full 10-game roster is slated for Sunday.
Thursday is a national holiday in Italy, Epiphany.
Stadium capacities have been reduced from 75% to 50% following a government decree aimed at tackling the latest epidemic, and spectators must now wear FFP2 masks.
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