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No fans at Serie A matches, Italy sporting events until April 3 due to coronavirus

Gab Marcotti explains how the decision was made to close all games to fans in Italy through April 3.
Gab Marcotti shares the latest on how the coronavirus is affecting games played in Italy.

All sporting events in Italy -- including Serie A football matches -- will take place without fans present for at least the next month due to the coronavirus outbreak in the country, the Italian government announced Wednesday.

That will likely see games played in the Italian football league this weekend after the calendar was pushed back a week. Italy is the epicenter of Europe's coronavirus outbreak as more than 100 people have died and more than 3,000 have been infected with COVID-19.

The Italian...

Italian referee banned for head-butting goalkeeper

An Italian soccer referee has been banned for one year after he lost his cool and head-butted a goalkeeper he had sent off during a minor league game earlier this month, ANSA news agency reported on Tuesday.

In a match between Borgo Mogliano and Montottone in Macerata on Feb. 1, the referee Antonio Martiniello had given Borgo Mogliano's goalkeeper Matteo Ciccioli his marching orders as the hosts won 3-1.

The pair faced off outside the changing room after the game as the goalkeeper sought an explanation...

Daniele De Rossi dons amazing disguise to watch Roma with fans undercover

The Rome derby sees Lazio seal a draw vs. Roma in the most incredibly ridiculous way. Watch Serie A on ESPN+.
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Italy great Daniele De Rossi may have finally called time on his illustrious playing career, but he is clearly embracing his new life as a full-time fan of his beloved Roma.

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Mario Balotelli abuser banned from European sporting events for five years

Gab Marcotti doesn't hold back when looking at how Verona handled racist chants directed at Mario Balotelli.

A Sicilian man was banned from European sports events for five years on Thursday for directing racist chants at Brescia striker Mario Balotelli.

Verona police issued the ruling after reviewing evidence from the Hellas Verona-Brescia game on Nov. 3.

The 38-year-old man was also barred from frequenting areas that fans pass through on match days.

Balotelli angrily kicked a ball high into the stands and threatened to leave the field because of the racist chants directed at him during the game in Verona,...

Italy, Roma great De Rossi retires after Boca Juniors stint at 36

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Daniele De Rossi will retire from football after a season with Boca Juniors.

World Cup winner Daniele De Rossi on Monday confirmed he will retire from football at the age of 36.

De Rossi, who spent 18 years with boyhood club Roma after making his debut in 2001, left for Boca Juniors in July 2019 and helped the Argentine club reach the Copa Libertadores semifinals.

Despite having signed a one-year contract, after returning to Argentina following a Christmas break in Rome, the midfielder reported back for his medicals but left the training ground and decided he would...