Several matches from the Serie A in Italy have been postponed, including the top of the table clash between Juventus and Inter Milan.
Matches were due to be played behind closed doors, with Inter and Juventus set to face off in a crunch fixture at the top of Italy’s top flight, but have now been scrapped entirely.
Other matches cancelled are AC Milan vs Genoa, Parma vs SPAL, Udinese vs Fiorentina and Sassuolo vs Brescia.
Juventus, who are top of the table, are instead scheduled to welcome third-place Inter Milan to the Allianz Stadium on May 13. Both sides are coached by former Chelsea managers, with Maurizio Sarri managing Juventus and Antonio Conte in charge of Inter Milan.
Italy is currently the most affected European by the coronavirus. Three Serie C players have been diagnosed with coronavirus, with a 22-year-old unnamed US Pianese player the first to be diagnosed and putting himself in ‘voluntary quarantine.’
Football in England has also been taking precautionary measures.
Yesterday, Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce revealed that he has banned handshakes from the training ground, in a bid to prevent the spread of the virus between players and members of staff.