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Torino-Sassuolo Serie A match off due to virus cases

Torino’s Serie A match against Sassuolo on Friday was postponed because of a rising number of coronavirus cases in the club.

Serie A’s governing body agreed on Thursday to postpone it until March 17.

Seven Torino players have tested positive for COVID-19 as well as two members of staff. The more contagious variant that emerged in England has been identified in some cases.

Torino's Gleison Bremer, right, celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during a Serie A soccer match between Cagliari and Torino, in Cagliari’s Sardegna Arena stadium, Italy, Friday, Feb. 19, 2021. (Alessandro ToccoLaPresse via AP)

Three Torino players tested positive in the buildup to last Friday’s match at Cagliari. Amid reports of more possible cases, the local health authority ordered the temporary closure of the club’s training ground in Turin on Tuesday and instructed all the players and coaching staff to self-isolate at their homes and await further tests.

Torino is next due to fly to Rome for a match at Lazio on Tuesday.

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