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All Serie A matches officially suspended

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Serie A has officially been suspended. Italy’s prime minister and other deciding parties suspended all sporting events including the top flight Italian football league yesterday. The government decision is of course in reaction to the Coronavirus outbreak in Italy, which has been among the worst in Europe.

Italy’s prime minister Giuseppe Conte discussed the decision in a press conference.

“I imagine how difficult it is to change all our habits, I am experiencing it myself. Unfortunately there is no time, the numbers tell us that we are having an excessive growth of infections and deaths,”

“Our habits must be changed and must be changed now, we must all give up something for the good of Italy and for our loved ones.

“We will only succeed if we all cooperate and immediately adapt to these stricter rules. This is why I have decided, in agreement with the other members of the government, to take more stringent measures to protect the health of all citizens, which is our primary objective.”

Giuseppe Conte | Source

It remains to be seen how much impact the virus will have over the entirety of the season and European competition. The remainder of the Serie A season is in question as well as European competition.