Italy orders all sporting events to be played without fans until April 3 including England Six Nations clash – The Sun

ALL sporting events in Italy will be played behind closed doors until April 3 amid the coronavirus crisis.

It means fans will not be able to watch England's Six Nations clash inside Rome's Stadio Olimpico later this month.

The Italian Government announced that ALL sports events would have to be played without fans.

Some could yet be postponed entirely.

The announcement comes after ITV today told staff and pundits they would not be sent to the Italian capital for the game.

The Mail claims a decision has been made just ten days before the clash after coronavirus claimed its 107th life in Italy on Wednesday.

There have been over 3,000 reported cases, mostly in the north of the country.

All sporting events taking place in the country until April 3 will no longer be played in front of a live audience.

And all schools and universities have been closed until March 15 after a warning from Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte that Italy’s health service is close to being overwhelmed.

ITV will now be broadcasting England’s game from BT Sport’s studios in East London.

Jonny Wilkinson, Ben Kay, Sir Clive Woodward and Lawrence Dallaglio were due to fly out for the Six Nations battle alongside ITV staff next week.

But they will remain in London, with England’s game in Rome also at risk of being cancelled entirely.

Ireland’s Six Nations game against Italy this weekend has already been axed.

Italy’s Serie A has also been heavily affected by cancellations, with ten games already scrapped.

Tonight’s Coppa Italia semi-final between Juventus and AC Milan was also postponed earlier in the day.

And the Premier League is now debating its own contingency plan to finish the season behind closed doors amid fears Liverpool may not actually get the chance to secure their first-ever title.

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