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All domestic sporting activity at all levels in Italy has been suspended until 3 April at the earliest, the Italian national Olympic committee (CONI) has announced.

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This includes all matches in Serie A, Italy’s highest football division, but CONI does not speak for Italian clubs or national teams competing in international competitions such as the Champions League. All last weekend’s Serie A matches were played behind closed doors. Uefa has announced that both legs of Roma’s Europa League tie against Sevilla will be played without spectators.

posted on 9/3/20

I thought they’d suspended Scottish football for the best part of a decade

posted on 9/3/20

nice name timmy

comment by My POV (U10636)

posted on 9/3/20

The whole of Italy is in lockdown now.

posted on 9/3/20

Italy have a large number of cases and confirmed deaths, 9,000 & 463 at last count. This is well above anything reported here. Unless there's an outbreak our authorities will cancel nothing. Greed is a great motivator

comment by Sjb1888 (U5188)

posted on 10/3/20

Last I read today the UK is at 321 confirmed positive tests and 5 deaths, exactly 2 weeks ago Italy also had 321 confirmed cases.

Now they have 9172 confirmed and 463 deaths

Perhaps a little flash forward of what's to come?

comment by BB⁷ (U13430)

posted on 10/3/20

This should be extremely worrying for anyone with elderly parents or people we know who have underlying health issues, which is all of us tbh.

Keep washing your hands seems to be the only advice.

posted on 10/3/20

I dont see any of the leagues being finished this year. They'll have to just award the trophies as they stand. No treble for us

posted on 10/3/20

Yeah, because that's what is really important

posted on 10/3/20

There isn't this panic over the flu which kills more.

posted on 10/3/20

If the league was suspended it would cause massive financial difficulties for a number of clubs. Cash flow is already tight with a few clubs.

What might help them is that many clubs will start selling early bird season tickets so that might get some money in the biscuit tin, but any planning for next season would be severely impacted.

Playing games behind closed doors would be devastating for clubs. I wouldn't be surprised if a few clubs fell into administration if that happened.

posted on 10/3/20

comment by Cindy (U14278)
posted 1 minute ago
There isn't this panic over the flu which kills more.
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Good point timmy. We shouldn't bother listening to experts and scientists because someone who pretends to be a man and/or woman on a football forum says it's an overreaction.

posted on 10/3/20

comment by IvanGolacIsMagic (U5291)
posted 4 minutes ago
comment by Cindy (U14278)
posted 1 minute ago
There isn't this panic over the flu which kills more.
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Good point timmy. We shouldn't bother listening to experts and scientists because someone who pretends to be a man and/or woman on a football forum says it's an overreaction.
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Hahaha

posted on 10/3/20

Ouch, that was harsh... u ok timmy? DM me

comment by Ghod#18 (U9390)

posted on 10/3/20

Ivan,

thats 100% it, clubs have indicated that they would go out of business if the rest of the season was played behind closed doors

they might limit the attendance to 1000 maybe a bit like they may do in France

posted on 10/3/20

If there has to be 'closed door' games then so be it.

The authorities sporting priorities have to be completing the fixtures, doing all they can to allowing the fair and natural awarding of titles, league postions, European places, and relegations along with the financial rewards that brings.

If that means playing those games behind closed doors that's the correct decision.

If it becomes a worsening situation then I would imagine the next step would be a reduced fixture end of season, possible rearrangement of fixtures or simply declaring the league positions are what they are, due to unforeseen circumstances and sorry if that relegates you etc... but we had no option. In this scenario the SC is voided for a season.

Summer would have been an option to tidy it all up but not with the Euros.

posted on 10/3/20

Some of the clubs may have had the luck or foresight to have taken business interruption insurance, unlikely mind you as it would have been looked upon as highly unlikely.

posted on 10/3/20

I`d imagine the Euros would have to be cancelled Lex

posted on 10/3/20

comment by Why the pallaver (U10168)
posted 1 minute ago
I`d imagine the Euros would have to be cancelled Lex
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In saying that, I hope to go to the US in August, so praying that it`s all over by then.

posted on 10/3/20

Cancel the euros and finish the leagues in the summer. Only logical choice.

posted on 10/3/20

If it has not calmed down by May I think they might just do that, or ask the major players in Europe if they have the stadia, transport and infrastructure to host it in their country.
England and Germany could maybe just about pull that off tbh.

posted on 10/3/20

If we go into lockdown I just don't see that happening until we have a "delay" phase first which could happen at any time soon.

At that point I'd imagine they will still allow games to be played in front of spectators for the first week or so before succumbing to them being played behind closed doors.

That will take us until the split which leaves 5 games in 4-5 weeks with the cup semi finals and final in between.

Celtic will have won the league after first game in so there's no need for any bears to build their hopes up.
They've enough to contend with.

posted on 10/3/20

Tbf Ginger the odd nutter apart I think most Rangers fans have conceded the title and the loons that are holding out hope that this will somehow void the season are aff their nut.
Season 2020/21 will go ahead and you need clarification of season 2019/20 to allow that.
Who are Champions, who gets European places and licences, who gets promoted and relegated and who gets what from the prize money.
Worst case scenario is a never ending argument about whether so and son won their respective leagues if they were awarded due to a suspension of league fixtures.
Years of 9 in a row, naw you didnae Asterix due to coronavirus, aye we did we were 13 ahead and son on and on and on

posted on 10/3/20

The message from England's deputy CMO seems like all is well:

Dr Harries said the vast majority of those diagnosed with coronavirus in Britain are "pretty well" but that they may "feel a bit rough for a few days".

She added: "Within 10-14 days we will be likely to advise people with symptoms to self-isolate and we are expecting that start of the peak [of coronavirus cases] to come during that period."

Dr Harries said cancelling big outdoor events like football matches would not necessarily be a decision supported by science.

"The virus will not survive very long outside," she said. "Many outdoor events, particularly, are relatively safe."



So 50k+ folk within close proximity to each other for a couple of hours is fine? I thought if you were to sit next to someone with the virus for more than 15 minutes you run the risk of infection.

Oh well. All is groovy. Carry on...

comment by atheist (U2783)

posted on 10/3/20

Best and fairest way is a winner takes all final between the top 2, winner gets the league and SC.

Sorted.

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