An Italian soccer team played without an audience

A general view inside the empty San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy during the Europa League round of 32 second leg soccer match between Inter Milan and Ludogorets on Thursday Feb. 27, 2020. Inter beat Ludogorets 2-1 in an empty stadium as a precaution because of the virus outbreak in Italy. (Emilio Andreoli, UEFA via AP)

Italian soccer team Inter Milan may have booked its place in the next round of the Europa League yesterday — but none of its fans were in the San Siro stadium to witness it.

As the country struggles to control coronavirus outbreaks in the northern regions, sports events are either being cancelled or played without audiences.

The eerie Inter Milan match against Bulgarian side Ludogorets was ordered to be played behind closed doors.

The Ludogorets team arrived in Milan wearing medical face masks, as more than 650 cases of the virus have been confirmed in the country and entire towns are locked down.

Five Serie A matches will also be contested in front of an empty stadium this weekend. 

Sporting events around the world are being canceled on fears of contagion. The remaining stages of the UAE cycling tour have been canceled after two team members tested positive to the coronavirus. Four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome says “public health must come first” and is still awaiting testing.

There are fears Tokyo 2020 may be impacted but organizers insist preparations are going ahead as planned.

Read more: How the coronavirus is impacting sport

Source: CNN News


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