Juve vs Inter among five Serie A matches rescheduled due to Coronavirus

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This weekend's Serie A matches that had been scheduled to be played behind closed doors have been postponed and rescheduled to May 13 due to fears over the worsening Coronavirus outbreak.

The clashes between Juventus and Inter, Udinese and Fiorentina, Parma and SPAL, AC Milan and Genoa and Sassuolo vs Brescia have all been affected.

The biggest encounter was due to take place at the Allianz Stadium on Sunday night, where the Bianconeri were preparing to welcome the Nerazzurri for a top of the table clash.

Juve are six points clear of Inter at the summit at the moment having played a game more, with Lazio wedged in between the two teams in second.

All of the fixtures in question have now been moved to the last month of the 2019-20 campaign, as Lega Serie A has confirmed on Saturday morning.

The governing body have released an official statement, which reads: "Having considered the succession of numerous urgent regulatory interventions by the government in response to this extraordinary emergency, to protect public health and safety the president of Serie A announces that the following matches of the championship have been postponed after initially being scheduled to play behind closed doors: Juventus - Inter, Milan - Genoa, Parma - SPAL, Sassuolo - Brescia, Udinese - Fiorentina.

"The rescheduled date of the affected matches is set for Wednesday, May 13.

"The Coppa Italia final will consequently be scheduled for Wednesday, May 20."

Commenting on the postponement, Inter CEO Beppe Marotta told Sky Sport: "The decision was made a few hours ago by the Lega Calcio, announcing the postponement of the five matches that were meant to be played behind closed doors.

"It was made very, very late. As a citizen, we are in an emergency situation and so must naturally have huge respect for public health and the safeguarding of that. As a club, we are faced with a sudden change of direction.

"I'm already worried and looking forward, because if the regions should be locked down until March 8, I ask myself how we're going to be able to work out next week's matches. For example: Atalanta-Lazio, Bologna-Juve, Inter-Sassuolo etc."

Lazio vs Bologna, Napoli vs Torino, Lecce vs Atalanta, Cagliari vs Roma and Sampdoria vs Hellas Verona will all still go ahead in Serie A unless the crisis worsens in the coming hours.

Serie B have also been forced to call off a number of fixtures, while Serie C side US Pianese have been quarantined for 15 days after three of their players tested positive for coronavirus over the last week.