Serie A: Possible 2-week suspension looms after surge in COVID-19 cases

Serie A: Possible 2-week suspension looms after surge in COVID-19 cases

- Serie A has been hit with another wave of the dreaded coronavirus

- Genoa have confirmed 14 new cases within the squad and now league suspension looms

- There are fears that the Italian officials might be forced to suspend the league for two weeks

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Serie A suspension looms as more coronavirus cases are recorded as the latest hit Genoa with at least 14 positive tests and now the league season could be affected.

As a result of the guidelines, the Napoli squad that humiliated Genoa 6-0 on Sunday, September 27 will have to immediately self-isolate until they have returned negative tests.

Napoli are billed to face-off with the Cristiano Ronaldo led Juventus team on Sunday, October 4 while Genoa are to play Torino a day earlier.

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Statistics have shown that there is a huge rise in the coronavirus cases in Italy as just 159 new cases was recorded in August 3, the day the last season ended, however, the daily cases rose above 1000 with 1,766 confirmed on Sunday, September 27.

There are fears that another major outbreak looms if the cases continues to skyrocket and as international duty beacons in about a week, an immediate two-week stop of matches would disrupt fixtures.

Serie A: Possible 2-week suspension looms after surge in COVID-19 cases
Serie A could be suspended for another 2 weeks with rising coronavirus cases. Photo Credit: Getty Images
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A statement from Genoa reads: "After today's tests, the number of COVID-19 positive employees has risen to 14 team members and staff.

"The club has activated all the procedures according to the protocol and informed the authorities. The club will provide updates as the situation evolves."

The Italian Football Federation does not state in its rules how many players in a team need to be infected for a fixture to be postponed.

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Recall that in England, Tottenham were handed a waiver by the Carabao Cup organisers after their third-round clash against Leyton Orient cancelled owing to the outbreak of coronavirus in the camp of the League Two side.

Coronavirus cases continue to rise in European football and there could be a need to suspend action again. earlier reported that David Moyes and two other players including Issa Diop and Josh Cullen have tested positive to the deadly coronavirus before West Ham's EFL Cup game against Hull City.

The tests were conducted before the match and the affected trio were sent back home to self-isolate but the match went on as scheduled.

Both clubs' medical staff agreed to allow the match to proceed in line with health protocols and in consultation.

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