Roberto Speranza, Italy’s health minister, confirmed that the match between Juventus Turin and SSC Napoli would not be played. Photo: Roberto Monaldo / LaPresse via ZUMA Press / dpa. (Source: dpa)

Rome (AP) – The referee and the players of Juventus Turin have been waiting for the opponent SSC Napoli to fail to arrive. The team from Naples did not travel to Turin because of two Corona cases in the team. The league had not canceled the game according to the statutes.

According to their decision, matches should not be postponed until the clubs have fewer than 13 professionals or ten corona cases occur in a week. Health Minister Roberto Speranza finally confirmed that there would be no game.

The pros of Juve had come to the Allianz Stadium anyway, the line-up was known and there were even some spectators, although it was clear to everyone that the pros of the opponent would not come. The game is now expected to receive a 3-0 rating for Juventus.

Health Minister Roberto Speranza warned that football should become a little less important in times of the coronavirus pandemic. There are other important cases at this point, he was quoted by the Italian news agency Ansa and listed among other things work in hospitals. He also said, “A little less football and a little more school if possible.”

Italy was badly hit by the pandemic from February. After a strict lockdown, the number of infections remained low for a long time. In the meantime, however, the numbers are increasing again. On Saturday, authorities registered more than 2,800 new infections and 27 more corona deaths in 24 hours.

The game plan in Serie A has already been mixed up because of the pandemic. The game of the third match day between CFC Genoa and FC Turin scheduled for Saturday has been postponed. At least 17 professionals have now tested positive with the Genoese.

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