Coronavirus clobbers Italian sport, but Napoli’s OK for now

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Coronavirus clobbers Italian sport, but Napoli’s OK for now

Champions League match in the south of the country on Tuesday against Barcelona is not currently at risk

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Sport in Italy is being heavily disrupted by a surge in the number of new coronavirus cases but Napoli’s Champions League match in the south of the country on Tuesday against Barcelona is not at risk.

Italy reported its fifth death from the virus on Monday and it has the most confirmed cases in Europe. A surge in infections at the weekend forced the postponement of four Serie A football matches in the north of the country where the outbreak is concentrated in two regions.

The game between Torino and Parma in Turin was called off as well as the matches between title-chasing Inter Milan and Sampdoria, Atalanta and Sassuolo, and Hellas Verona and Cagliari. The government announced on Sunday that all sporting events in two northern regions would be suspended, with sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora saying the government had “a duty to be prudent and responsible”...

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