FA to hold coronavirus crisis talks ahead of England’s friendly with Italy at Wembley

England football chiefs hold crisis talks over coronavirus with Italy game at Wembley under threat as thousands of away fans plan to travel while infection toll at home nears 400 with 12 dead

England are due to face Italy in a pre-Euro 2020 friendly at Wembley on March 27The FA are meeting to discuss that game and the impact of the coronavirusOver 370 people have been diagnosed with the disease in Italy and 12 have diedSerie A fixtures have been postponed and a number of towns are in quarantine 

The FA will today hold urgent talks over the impact of the coronavirus on England’s Wembley friendly with Italy next month. 

Senior staff will sit down at the national stadium to talk through the problems associated with the fixture after the outbreak increased in northern Italy.

More than 370 people have been diagnosed with the virus in Italy, with nearly a dozen towns put into quarantine. Twelve people are known to have died.

The FA will hold talks at Wembley over the coronavirus ahead of England’s friendly with Italy

Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling and their England team-mates are due to face Italy in March

Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling and their England team-mates are due to face Italy in March

Events across the sporting landscape have been effected by the outbreak, with Italian authorities putting restrictions in place in an attempt to stop the spread of the disease.

Thousands of fans were scheduled to travel to London for the Euro 2020 warm-up on March 27, but there are now fears that the game could be under threat.  

Inter Milan’s Europa League match at home to Ludogorets will be played behind closed doors on Thursday, on the back of four Serie A matches being postponed last weekend.



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