Serie A to resume without fans this weekend

Serie A will resume in full this weekend in empty stadiums, starting with the matches that were postponed last round because of the coronavirus outbreak in Italy — including the potential title decider between Juventus and Inter Milan.

The revised Serie A calendar was announced on Thursday and followed the previous day’s decree from the Italian government that all sporting events in Italy must take place without spectators until April 3.

Six matches were postponed last week, including the Juventus-Inter game — one of the biggest matches of the season known as the “Derby d’Italia,” or Italy’s derby.

That match will be played on Sunday at 8:45 p.m. local time (1945 GMT).

Sunday’s other matches are: Parma vs. Spal, AC Milan vs. Genoa, Sampdoria vs. Hellas Verona and Udinese vs. Fiorentina. The game between Sassuolo and Brescia will take place Monday.

The remainder of the Serie A calendar will likely be pushed back a week.

Italy is the epicenter of Europe’s coronavirus outbreak. More than 100 people have died and more than 3,000 have been infected with COVID-19, mainly in the north of the country.

Four Serie A matches went ahead last weekend as they were taking place in areas that had not been affected by measures to control the outbreak.

Lazio beat Bologna 2-0 on Saturday to move top of the league, two points above Juventus and eight points above Inter, who also had their previous match against Sampdoria postponed.

No new date has yet been decided for the Inter match, with Antonio Conte’s side still in the Europa League and the Italian Cup.

Three other matches were postponed two weekend ago and will be played on March 18.

New dates for the Italian Cup semifinals have also yet to be announced.

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