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

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 (12:45 GMT).

On Sunday, up to 16m 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.

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Line-ups

Parma

Substitutes

SPAL

Substitutes

Match Stats

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Attempt missed. Gervinho (Parma) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is high and wide to the left.

Foul by Simone Missiroli (SPAL).

Alberto Grassi (Parma) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, SPAL. Jacopo Sala replaces Mohamed Fares.

Booking

Gastón Brugman (Parma) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Simone Missiroli (SPAL) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Gastón Brugman (Parma).

Thiago Cionek (SPAL) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jasmin Kurtic (Parma).

VAR Decision: No Penalty SPAL.

Hand ball by Mattia Valoti (SPAL).

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

Thiago Cionek (SPAL) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andreas Cornelius (Parma).

Mattia Valoti (SPAL) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andreas Cornelius (Parma).

Foul by Mohamed Fares (SPAL).

Alberto Grassi (Parma) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Mirko Valdifiori (SPAL) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gastón Brugman (Parma).

Attempt missed. Bruno Alves (Parma) header from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jasmin Kurtic with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Parma. Conceded by Thiago Cionek.

Attempt missed. Mattia Valoti (SPAL) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Mirko Valdifiori with a cross following a corner.

Corner, SPAL. Conceded by Matteo Darmian.

Attempt saved. Andrea Petagna (SPAL) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mohamed Fares.

Attempt missed. Dejan Kulusevski (Parma) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Gervinho.

Foul by Francesco Vicari (SPAL).

Andreas Cornelius (Parma) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Second Half

Second Half begins Parma 0, SPAL 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Parma 0, SPAL 0.

Foul by Andrea Petagna (SPAL).

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

Hand ball by Andreas Cornelius (Parma).

Hand ball by Andrea Petagna (SPAL).

Attempt missed. Mattia Valoti (SPAL) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Mirko Valdifiori.

Mohamed Fares (SPAL) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matteo Darmian (Parma).

Attempt blocked. Gervinho (Parma) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dejan Kulusevski.

Attempt blocked. Gervinho (Parma) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Booking

Felipe (SPAL) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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