Coronavirus: Germany confirm cancellation of Italy friendly
Nuremberg will not be able to host the international friendly between Germany and Italy, which has now been called off.
Italy's scheduled upcoming friendly in Germany has been cancelled amid the coronavirus pandemic, the German Football Association (DFB) has confirmed.
Italy the country most affected by coronavirus outside of China
Sport in Italy - including Serie A - has been shut down until 3 April, with the country suffering over 17,000 confirmed cases of the virus and 1,266 deaths - the worst figures outside of China.
Meanwhile, the Bundesliga has also been suspended. Germany has close to 4,000 cases and eight deaths.
International football has been allowed to continue, in theory, although FIFA has recommended the postponement of fixtures.
An international break is set for the weekend before 3 April, yet clubs will no longer be required to release their players following a FIFA Council decision.
And with events of more than 100 people banned in Nuremberg, where Italy were set to face Germany, the 31 March fixture has unsurprisingly been called off.
#Azzurri— Italy (@azzurri) March 14, 2020
The #DFB announces the cancellation of the friendly match between #Germany and #Italy in #Nuremberg
Following the city's ban on events of more than 100 people, the game will no longer go ahead #VivoAzzurro pic.twitter.com/OIZjRN7n1d
Italy's England match already called off
Italy's friendly meeting with England was postponed on Friday.
Further calls on international fixtures are anticipated, with World Cup qualifiers in Asia and South America already pushed back.
Top-flight football is continuing behind closed doors in Serbia, but Football Association of Serbia (FSS) president Slavisa Kokeza has now tested positive for coronavirus.
"We want to emphasise that the president of the football organisation is under medical supervision and is well and the Football Association is continuing its regular activities," a statement from the FSS read.
Serbia have a Euro 2020 play-off against Norway in the diary for 26 March, although UEFA is set to make a call on the scheduling of the finals in a meeting on Tuesday.
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