Napoli make coronavirus decision as Serie A order matches behind closed doors

Napoli ’s game against Torino is one of just four Serie A matches which will be played as normal this weekend after the coronavirus wreaked havoc in Italy.

Half of the weekend’s league games are set to take place behind closed doors due to fears about the deadly disease spreading, with the fate of Sampdoria’s Monday evening clash with Hellas Verona currently undecided.

Roma’s trip to Cagliari, Lazio’s clash with Bologna and Lecce’s game against Atalanta be staged with fans but the crunch Serie A title clash between Juventus and Inter Milan is among those which will take place in an empty stadium.

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Udinese vs Fiorentina, AC Milan vs Genoa, Parma vs SPAL and Sassuolo vs Brescia will also be staged behind closed doors.

The news comes after a number of towns in northern Italy were put into lockdown by the authorities due to the coronavirus.

At least 229 people have tested positive for the disease and at least seven casualties have already been recorded.

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A number of matches last weekend were postponed altogether because of the outbreak, while Inter’s Europa League knockout game against Ludogorets on Thursday will also be played behind closed doors.

The decision that Napoli’s game against Torino will go ahead as normal comes ahead of Barcelona ’s trip to the Stadio San Paolo for their Champions League last 16 first leg match.

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All members of Barcelona’s squad were tested for the coronavirus upon their arrival to Italy but manager Quique Setien has claimed he is not concerned by the outbreak.

“No I’m not at all worried for my team,” he said. “I’m worried for all those infected and I send my solidarity to all those affected by the virus.

“I hope this can be resolved as soon as possible. It’s something that can happen to anybody. You’re worried for other people who are affected. (For us) it was only a test for a fever, nothing more.”

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