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Coronavirus: Parma v SPAL kicks off 75 minutes late amid calls for Serie A suspension

Parma and SPAL players warm up
The match is taking place behind closed doors

Parma's Serie A tie against SPAL kicked off 75 minutes late after Italy's sports minister requested the league was suspended with immediate effect because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The match was due to kick off at 12:30 local time (11:30 GMT) but players were told to return to the dressing room from the tunnel.

It eventually got under way at 13:45 local time, with SPAL winning 1-0.

On Sunday, up to 16 million people were placed in quarantine in Italy.

Italy has seen the largest number of coronavirus cases in Europe and reported a steep rise in infections on Saturday.

The death toll in Italy has passed 230, with officials reporting more than 36 deaths in 24 hours. The number of confirmed cases jumped by more than 1,200 to 5,883 on Saturday.

Last week, Italy's government said all sport in the country would be played behind closed doors until 3 April.

On Saturday Damiano Tommasi, the president of Italy's players' union (AIC), called for football to be suspended in the country.

In a statement, he said: "There is a risk for players and we must take all precautions for the security of those who play: on the pitch you certainly can't stay at a distance of one metre away.

"But every measure must be taken to guarantee the safety of everyone at the stadium, including staff and personnel, to reduce the risks.

"There are those among the players who are happy to continue, others who express their concerns.

"There are many foreign players too and it's obvious their families will be worried watching what's happening in Italy."

Four other Serie A matches are due to take place on Sunday, including Juventus versus Inter Milan (19:45 GMT), while Sassuolo's match against Brescia on Monday (17:30 GMT) is also due to go ahead.

Line-ups

Parma

Formation 4-3-3

  • 34Colombi
  • 36DarmianSubstituted forSiligardiat 88'minutes
  • 2Iacoponi
  • 22Bruno Alves
  • 28GaglioloBooked at 90mins
  • 8Grassi
  • 15BrugmanBooked at 62minsSubstituted forCaprariat 73'minutes
  • 19Kurtic
  • 44KulusevskiSubstituted forKaramohat 82'minutes
  • 11Cornelius
  • 27Kouassi

Substitutes

  • 3Dermaku
  • 5Regini
  • 7Karamoh
  • 20Caprari
  • 26Siligardi
  • 40Corvi
  • 92Radu
  • 93Sprocati
  • 97Pezzella

SPAL

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 99Berisha
  • 4Cionek
  • 23Vicari
  • 41Bonifazi
  • 13RecaSubstituted forDias da Silva Dal Beloat 34'minutesBooked at 39mins
  • 6Valdifiori
  • 7Missiroli
  • 11MurgiaSubstituted forTunjovat 90'minutes
  • 8Valoti
  • 93FaresSubstituted forSalaat 62'minutes
  • 37Petagna

Substitutes

  • 10Floccari
  • 19Castro
  • 22Thiam
  • 25Letica
  • 26Sala
  • 27Dias da Silva Dal Belo
  • 32Cerri
  • 40Tomovic
  • 77D'Alessandro
  • 87Zukanovic
  • 96Tunjov
Referee:
Luca Pairetto

Match Stats

Home TeamParmaAway TeamSPAL
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home13
Away9
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home19
Away22

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Parma 0, SPAL 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Parma 0, SPAL 1.

  3. Booking

    Riccardo Gagliolo (Parma) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Riccardo Gagliolo (Parma).

  5. Post update

    Jacopo Sala (SPAL) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Bruno Alves (Parma) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Andrea Petagna (SPAL).

  8. Post update

    Riccardo Gagliolo (Parma) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Mattia Valoti (SPAL).

  10. Post update

    Dangerous play by Riccardo Gagliolo (Parma).

  11. Post update

    Jacopo Sala (SPAL) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Offside, SPAL. Felipe tries a through ball, but Andrea Petagna is caught offside.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Bruno Alves (Parma).

  14. Post update

    Andrea Petagna (SPAL) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  15. Post update

    Luca Siligardi (Parma) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Georgi Tunjov (SPAL).

  17. Post update

    Corner, SPAL. Conceded by Alberto Grassi.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, SPAL. Georgi Tunjov replaces Alessandro Murgia.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Parma. Luca Siligardi replaces Matteo Darmian.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Yann Karamoh (Parma).

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 8th March 2020

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Juventus26203350242663
2Lazio26195260233762
3Inter Milan25166349242554
4Atalanta25146570343648
5Roma26136751351645
6Napoli2611694136539
7AC Milan26106102834-636
8Hellas Verona259882926335
9Parma25105103231135
10Bologna2697103842-434
11Cagliari258894140132
12Fiorentina2679103236-430
13Sassuolo2485113839-129
14Udinese2677122137-1628
15Torino2583142845-1727
16Sampdoria2575132844-1626
17Genoa2667133147-1625
18Lecce2667133456-2225
19SPAL2653182044-2418
20Brescia2544172246-2416
View full Italian Serie A table

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