Zebre and Benetton Treviso have each had their Pro14 fixtures for this weekend postponed due to the threat posed by the coronavirus.
Parma-based club Zebre were due to face Ospreys while Treviso were set to host Ulster.
However, both fixtures will now have to be rearranged, with restrictions put in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, known officially as Covid-19, forcing the games to be called off.
There have been 209 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Italy, with the death toll officially rising to five on Monday.
A Pro14 statement read: “Both Guinness PRO14 fixtures set to take place in Italy this weekend have been postponed due to the restrictions enforced by national and local authorities dealing with the threat posed by the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.
Both fixtures set to take place in Italy this weekend have been postponed due to the restrictions enforced by national and local authorities dealing with the threat posed by the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.
— PRO14 RUGBY (@PRO14Official) February 24, 2020
“To ensure the safety of our players and spectators PRO14 Rugby fully supports the preventative measures taken in Italy and will adhere to the directives from the WHO [World Health Organisation] and local authorities
“The current restrictions are in place until Sunday, March 1, 2020 and PRO14 Rugby will remain in contact with the FIR [Italian Union], Zebre Rugby Club, Benetton Rugby and World Rugby to monitor situation on a daily basis.”
Four Serie A football matches were postponed on Sunday, including Inter’s clash with Sampdoria.
Saturday’s scheduled Serie B match between Ascoli and Cremonese was postponed and up to 88 amateur football games were also called off.
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