Milan residents banned from cup semifinal at Juventus

A Juventus supporter visits Lyon, central France, ahead of the Champions League , round of 16th, first leg match Lyon against Juventus, Wednesday Feb. 26, 2020. Up to 3,000 Juventus fans are expected. As the coronavirus cases clustered in northern Italy kept climbing and European countries reported new ones with Italian travel ties Tuesday, authorities across the continent tried to strike a balance between taking prudent public health measures and preventing panic. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

ROME – Residents of Milan will not be allowed to attend the Italian Cup semifinal match between Juventus and AC Milan on Wednesday at Allianz Stadium in Turin as part of anti-virus precautions being taken.

The second leg of the semifinals will be off limits to residents of the regions of Lombardy, which contains Milan, and Emilia Romagna and Veneto, plus the provinces of Pesaro, Urbino and Savona — the areas hardest hit by the COVID-19 virus.

Juventus made the announcement on Monday, asking fans to show up early so their identification cards can be checked carefully.

The first leg ended 1-1.

No such ban has yet been put in place for the other semifinal match between Napoli and Inter Milan at San Paolo Stadium in southern Italy.

A total of 10 Serie A matches in Italy have been postponed over the past two weekends because of the virus.

Lombardy has been the epicenter of Italy’s outbreak, registering the first positive test of the northern cluster and now counting 984 of Italy’s 1,694 cases.

Meanwhile, German media reported that a local soccer fan is suspected of infecting people in Salzburg with the virus while traveling there for last week’s Salzburg-Eintracht Frankfurt game in the Europa League. It was unclear if the person actually attended the game, which was postponed for 24 hours because of bad weather.