Juventus vs Inter Milan will be behind closed doors due to coronavirus outbreak

Serie A's table-topping clash between Juventus and Inter Milan will be played behind closed doors this weekend.

Antonio Conte's return to Turin – six years after he walked out on the Bianconeri – plus four other matches in Italy's top-flight, will be played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus outbreak in the country.

Italy is Europe's worst-hit country, with 17 deaths from the virus and 650 infections.

The outbreak is focused on a small cluster of towns in the northern Lombardy and Veneto regions.

The Italian government on Monday banned all sporting events in six regions of the country including Piedmont where Juventus ' home city of Turin is located.

Serie A said in a statement on Thursday that the other games to be played in empty stadiums would be Udinese-Fiorentina, AC Milan-Genoa, Parma-Spal and Sassuolo-Brescia.

It also laid down guidelines for who would be allowed into stadiums.

Only media working for broadcasting rights holders would be able to attend and there would be no news conferences.

A maximum of 100 people "connected directly with the organisation of the match" would be given access plus match delegates, anti-doping staff, stewards and security officials.

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