Serie A requests matches be played behind closed doors as coronavirus kills seventh in Italy

25 February 2020

Serie A
Photo: PA Images Inter have announced that, in accordance with requirements from the local health authorities, their Europa League second tie against Bulgarian club Ludogorets on Thursday will be played without fans in attendance.

Four Serie A matches were postponed this weekend and Inter's Europa League match on Thursday against Ludogorets will be played behind closed doors.

With the Euro 2020 coming up, however, there is little room in the calendar to change the schedule.

Italy's economy is likely to be thrown into another recession as a result of the outbreak.

Emil Gjerding Nielson nielson@offthepitch.com

The Serie A has submitted a request to the Italian government to play selected matches behind closed doors, according to Sky Sports, following an outbreak of coronavirus which looks likely to plunge the country into another recession. 

Seven people in Italy have died from the virus since Friday, with more than 220 confirmed infections, according to Reuters. Analysts are forecasting that the Italian economy will shrink in the first quarter, meaning Italy will face its fourth recession since the 2008 financial crisis. 

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