- Juventus vs AC Milan Coppa Italia semi-final has been postponed
- The highly anticipated fixture was expected to see both sides rekindle their rivalry
- The coronavirus outbreak has forced more games to be canceled in Italy
Juventus vs AC Milan’s Coppa Italia semi-final second-leg clash has been postponed barely 24 hours before kick-off.
Italian authorities were forced to cancel the highly anticipated fixture billed for Turin due to the continued spread of the coronavirus in the country.
Several major sporting events have been banned in its entirety in three regions of the country including Veneto, Emilia Romagna and Lombardy. Although Italian authorities say top flight matches can go on behind closed-doors, the Serie A administrators prefer not to play without fans in the stadium.
Legit.ng understands that over 40,000 tickets for the clash has already been sold, while health officials earlier warned spectators to keep at least one metre apart.
As it stands, ten Serie A matches have been postponed and critics have condemned local football authorities on how they are handling the situation.
Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, just one game has been played behind closed doors and that involved Inter Milan and Bulgarian side Ludogorets Razgrad in the Europa League, a game organized by UEFA.
It is expected that Serie A clubs will meet and discuss the way forward and how to ensure this does not have a lasting negative effect on Italian football.
YEN.com.gh earlier reported that Italian Serie A chiefs had concluded plans to stage the tough encounter between Juventus and Inter Milan behind closed doors due to fears of Coronavirus, but later postponed it.
Last weekend in Italy, four top games were postponed due to the outbreak of the life threatening disease in which nine people are presently dying on the hospital beds.
Coronavirus is the latest outbreak of disease which is causing fears and serious concerns in the world after its emergence in China.
The disease has also entered Europe where close to 10 people are even said to have been quarantined already in England.
Inter Milan were supposed to face Sampdoria, but the match was called off as fans even refused to go out to the San Siro stadium.
According to the report by ANSA, Italian FA have informed the government of their wish to play games in empty stadiums which has been accepted by the authority.