With the region of Lombardy and 14 other provinces on lockdown, Italian minister for Sport Vincenzo Spadafora has called for the suspension of Serie A amid the spread of the Coronavirus. Speaking in the midst of the uncertainty surrounding the Parma – SPAL fixture, he bemoaned the economic interests at play in the decision to go ahead with games.
“It wouldn’t make sense right now, at a time when we ask for great sacrifices from citizens to stop contagion, to risk the health of players, referees, staff and supporters and not temporarily suspend the league just for the sake of economic interests around it. Other federations have wisely opted to suspend the next few matchdays. I think it is the duty of the president of the FIGC, Gabriele Gravina, to reflect on this, to not wait for the first case to appear and take on a grave responsibility.”