All sport at all levels in Italy is to be suspended until at least 3 April because of coronavirus, the country’s Olympic committee has announced.

This includes football matches in Serie A but strangely does not cover Italian clubs or national teams participating in international competitions.

“This situation has no precedent in history,” a CONI statement said.

Italy has been the European country worst hit by the coronavirus so far, with over 7,000 confirmed cases and 450 deaths so far.

The Italian government is now required to issue a specific prime ministerial decree to confirm the decision, added the CONI, which hosted a special meeting of sporting federations on Monday.

At the weekend Italy’s sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora accused Serie A of being “irresponsible” for ignoring his calls for football to be suspended because of the outbreak. Continue reading

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