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Gab Marcotti shares the latest on how the coronavirus is affecting games played in Italy.

Five Serie A matches, including Juventus’ home clash with title rivals Inter Milan, will be played behind closed doors this weekend following an outbreak of coronavirus in northern Italy.

There were four games cancelled for the same reason the previous weekend as preventative measures were put in place.

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As well as Juve-Inter, Udinese’s home match with Fiorentina, Milan vs. Genoa and Sassuolo against Brescia will all be played behind closed doors.

Matches taking place in the south of the country, including Lazio-Bologna, Napoli-Torino, Lecce-Atalanta and Cagliari-Roma, will be played with fans inside the ground.

No decision has been made about Monday night’s contest between Sampdoria and Verona, which takes place in the northern city of Genoa.

Last weekend saw Verona-Cagliari, Atalanta-Sassuolo, Torino-Parma and Inter-Sampdoria all cancelled, with no decision on when they will be rescheduled.

It could prove a problematic situation for title challengers Inter, who are still in the Europa League and Coppa Italia, with suggestions their match Sampdoria could now take place at the end of the season.

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