All sports in Italy were stopped due to coronavirus until at least April 3, the country’s prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, announced.
This includes Serie A, but not Italian clubs or national teams that take part in international competitions.
Serie A – Italy’s top league – had previously announced that all games will be played behind closed doors by April 3.
Conte expanded a number of stringent quarantine measures, including a ban on public gatherings. all over Italy.
Previously, the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) recommended that all sports be stopped at all levels after a special meeting of the sports associations on Monday.
With over 9,000 confirmed cases and more than 450 deaths, Italy was the European country most affected by the corona virus to date.
“This situation has no precedent in history,” a CONI statement said.
CONI was announced shortly after Sassuolo kicked off Brescia in Serie A. The game continued and Sassuolo won 3-0.
On Monday, it was also confirmed that the Serie A Europa League game in Seville will be held behind closed doors on Thursday.
In the Rugby Union, England’s six-nation men’s and women’s game against Italy, scheduled for March 14 and 15, respectively were postponed last week.
At the weekend, Italy’s Minister of Sport Vincenzo Spadafora Serie A accused of being “irresponsible” for ignoring his calls for football to be suspended due to the outbreak.
He said it was “pointless” to continue football when up to 16 million people in northern Italy had been quarantined to curb the spread of the virus at the time – but the weekend’s games were all lagging behind closed doors.
Parma’s game against SPAL on Sunday started 75 minutes late when they were waiting to decide whether the game would go on, according to Spadafora’s comments.
On Monday, it was reported that the French Ministry of Sports had decided that games in Ligue 1 – the country’s best football competition – should be played behind closed doors or in front of no more than 1,000 spectators to limit the spread of the game virus.
The last round of 16 of the Paris St Germain Champions League against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday will be played without fans due to Coronavirus.