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Lazio to appear for Serie A kickoff while Torino isolating

More farcical scenes in Serie A are expected on Tuesday if Lazio walks out onto the Stadio Olimpico pitch even though its Torino opponents are remaining in Turin.

A coronavirus outbreak forced Torino players and staff into self-isolation that doesn't end until midnight Tuesday, hours after the scheduled kickoff against Lazio in Rome.

But Serie A’s governing body has yet to postpone the Lazio-Torino match.

Torino's Andrea Belotti, right, and Cagliari's Nahitan Nández vie for the ball 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)

Torino's match against Sassuolo last Friday was postponed until March 17, and that decision was announced the day before the match.

That means there could be a repeat on Tuesday of the farcical scenes around the Juventus-Napoli match when the Biaconeri followed their regular matchday routine and went out onto the field despite knowing their opponent had not left Naples.

Napoli was handed a 3-0 loss by the Italian league and docked one point but eventually had that overturned on appeal by the Italian Olympic Committee — after several failed attempts in other courts — and the match will be rescheduled.

Torino manager Davide Nicola reacts on the sideline 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)

Eight Torino players and two staff members have tested positive for COVID-19.

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