ROME (Reuters) – It is not yet clear whether Euro 2020 will be affected by the coronavirus outbreak which has struck Italy, one of the 12 host countries, a vice-president of European soccer body UEFA said on Tuesday.
The number of cases in Italy – the country in Europe worst affected by the outbreak that first emerged in China – rose to more than 260 overnight from 229 on Monday, with the northern regions of Lombardy and Veneto being the most affected. The number of deaths was unchanged at seven.
Numerous sporting events including Serie A matches have been called off in Italy, and at least six of next weekend’s 10 scheduled Serie A matches will be played behind closed doors.
Rome, which has not been affected so far, is due to hold three group stage matches and one quarter-final at the Euro 2020 tournament in June and July.
“We are at the waiting stage. We are monitoring country by country, and football must follow the orders of the individual countries,” Italian Michele Uva,…
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