UEFA said it was unclear whether it would affect the Euro 2020 by monitoring the coronavirus
It is not clear whether the Euro 2020 will be affected by the outbreak of the coronavirus, the vice president of the European Football Association UEFA said on Tuesday.
The virus has hit Italy, one of 12 host countries. Meanwhile, Italy’s sports minister said Monday that the ban on competitions in the affected areas could be lifted. Although he added that it was waiting for events to happen.
Officials say Italy’s death toll from the crisis reached 11 on Tuesday, and more than 320 cases have been reported. A tourist from Lombardy, the most affected area. It was diagnosed with the virus while on holiday in Sicily, with the first cases reported in both Tuscany and Liguria.
The Italian government has banned sporting events in six regions of the country, except for Italian football, which can be played behind closed doors.
Six games are expected to take place in the open stadium over the weekend, including a meeting between Serie a leader Juventus and third-placed Inter Milan.
“If the data doesn’t give us different signs, likely, we won’t extend the ban on sporting events from March 2,” sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora told reporters “We will see it develop in the next few days.
“But safety and health are first and foremost in front of the game or the stadium as a whole.” Rome, which has not been affected so far, will hold three group matches and quarter-finals at the 2020 European Cup championships in June and July. “We are in the waiting stage. We are monitoring country by country and football must follow the orders of each country.
“The sports road will be closed only if things get worse.”
Napoli’s Champions League match in Barcelona on Tuesday was not affected, but Inter Milan’s European League match at home in Ludogorets Razgrad on Thursday will be behind closed doors, and the club confirmed on Tuesday that all fans who buy tickets will recover their money.
Paolo Borelli, head of the Italian Swimming Federation, told reporters he was concerned that the women’s water polo championship, the Olympic qualifying event, would be held in Trieste from March 8 to 15.
Rome will host a six-nation match between Italy and England on March 14, and organizers of the match have been worried about the device, the Times reported Tuesday.
Irish Health Minister Simon Harris also said Tuesday that the six-nation match against Italy, originally scheduled for March 7 in Dublin, should not continue.