Marco Alpozzi / Associated Press
The Italian government has officially suspended all sporting events across the country, including Serie A football matches, as the country’s blockade was extended nationwide on Monday.
For the guardian, all public events were banned due to the COVID-19 virus, which significantly affected the country.
Schools and universities had already been closed until at least April 3.
It is not clear at this stage what will happen to the international matches scheduled in the coming weeks. Juventus, the reigning Serie A champion, will host Lyon in the UEFA Champions League on 17 March.
The Bianconeri faced Inter’s rivals in an empty stadium on Sunday in what was the biggest match of the Serie A season to this point:
Numerous other competitions also took place behind closed doors.
Other sports had already been hit harder than football before Monday’s complete blockade. Several of the biggest one-day cycling races in Europe, including Milan-Sanremo and the Strade Bianche, have been postponed or canceled:
For the guardianLast figures, the coronavirus has infected 9,172 people across Italy so far, leading to 463 dead.