Ludogorets players wear protective face masks and gloves as the Bulgarians arrive in Milan for Europa League match with Inter amid the spread of coronavirus in Italy
- Inter Milan face Ludogorets in the Europa League last-32 on Thursday
- The Bulgarian side were taking no chances upon their arrival in Milan today
- The coronavirus outbreak in northern Italy has already affected football
- Serie A games last week were postponed and games will be played without fans
- Ireland’s Six Nations clash against Italy on March 7 has also been postponed
Players in the Ludogorets squad wore face masks and gloves as they arrived in Milan to face Inter in the Europa League on Thursday.
The coronavirus outbreak in northern Italy has affected the sporting calendar, with Serie A matches postponed last week and games this weekend being played behind-closed-doors.
Italy’s Six Nations clash against Ireland in Dublin on March 7 has also been postponed, and Ludogorets players were taking no chances upon their arrival in the city ahead of the last-32 second-leg tomorrow.
Players in the Ludogorets squad wore face masks and gloves as they arrived in Milan today
Players were taking no chances following the coronavirus outbreak in northern Italy
Some of the Ludogorets squad opted to wear protective gloves as well as the facial protection
Inter hold a 2-0 lead heading into the second-leg on Thursday at the San Siro, which will be played behind-closed-doors due to the outbreak.
Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte postponed four Serie A fixtures at the weekend after the killer bug surfaced in different areas of the country.
According to reports , the Italian FA’s request to have games played in empty stadiums has been accepted by the government which will help reduced fixture congestion while minimising the threat of it spreading.
Juventus’ clash against Inter on Sunday in Turin, a crucial game in the Serie A title race, is one such game which will be played without spectators.
All the squad and staff wore protective face masks as they left the team bus on Wednesday
Matches at Udinese, AC Milan, Parma and Sassuolo will also go ahead, but without legions of supporters.
Fears of spreading the virus, which started in the Wuhan region in China last month and has spread all over the world, is why precautions are being taken by sporting authorities.
Latest statistics show that there have been 322 cases and 11 deaths from coronavirus in Italy, the most by some distance in Europe.
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