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Serie A: Italy looking into suspending Serie A

The Italian Prime Minister, Mario Draghi, is facing a difficult decision with the country assessing how best to move forward with Serie A in the wake of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 taking hold.

Talks have been opened with the Italian Football Federation to study measures that could contain the increase in infections within the top flight in recent weeks.

The two plans that are being looked at include a full suspension of the league until the matter is under control, or the return to playing matches in stadiums that are closed to supporters.

Italy has seen the number of infections rise monumentally in recent weeks with 220,000 cases registered on Thursday and 108,000 new cases on Friday.

Serie A clubs have reported more than 90 positive test results since the start of 2022, and it is clear that something needs to be done.

Wednesday, January 12 is going to be a key day when a decision is expected, although both parties do expect the more likely solution is to close stadiums.

The last matchday saw four out of 10 matches postponed due to the aforementioned high number of infections within some clubs, whilst the 21st matchday scheduled for Sunday is likely to have a reduced programme, with three games already suspended.

Serie B has already been suspended, with that break coming into place on December 23 and due to run until at least January 15.

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