Italy shuts stadiums again with coronavirus cases on rise just month after reopening… and one club has at least 27

ITALY are set to perform a U-turn on allowing fans back into stadiums after just one month due to a rise in coronavirus cases.

The Mail claim a new Government decree will come into effect on Monday that scraps the rule that 1,000 supporters can attend football games.

Serie A stadiums are set to return to playing behind closed doors


Serie A stadiums are set to return to playing behind closed doorsCredit: AFP or licensors

Coronavirus cases in Italy have reached more than 21,000 on Sunday leading to new measures in the country to combat the second wave.

The report came just hours before AC Milan confirmed that Gianluigi Donnarumma and Jens Petter Hauge are among five members to have returned a positive test.

Both players will now be forced into isolation and will be forced to miss out on the team’s clash against Roma on Monday.

And that followed the news that several other players, including Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, tested postive for coronavirus in recent weeks.

While Italian reports claim Serie B side Reggiana have as many as 21 infected causing their upcoming fixtures to be postponed.

The debate over allowing fans back into grounds has continued in the UK – with Britain having 874,000 cases compared to Italy’s 526,000.

David Moyes recently questioned why fans couldn’t watch West Ham’s 1-1 draw against Manchester City in the stadium, when they can watch it inside a nearby cinema.

He said: “Firstly the best I can do is the leave the Government, the people who know the best and are speaking to all the advisors, to that because I’m certainly not an expert on a pandemic.

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“But I watched the European games this week and have seen crowds back in different countries, and it’s hard to believe we can’t do that.

“I don’t think any of us want 500 or 1,000 people back in the grounds, we need a good percentage of capacity – 25 or 30 per cent. Why can those countries be doing it and not us?

“Are we so much worse than the others? Again, it’s not probably not my bag but I feel it’s not right.

“And people going watch a game in a cinema, close to here, why can we not be sitting outside in the open air doing it?

“Maybe there’s other reasons – maybe it’s the travelling on the tube, the bus, maybe it’s the pubs. But if that is the case, please come out and give us an explanation as to why we can’t do it.”

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