May 13, 2021

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Inter v Sassuolo canceled, players banned from internationals after more positive COVID-19 tests


The game between Inter and Sassuolo has been postponed after two more tests positive for the coronavirus within the Nerazzurri squad.

Inter announced in a statement that Stefan de Vrij and Matias Vecino have gone into quarantine after testing positive. Samir Handanovic and Danilo D’Ambrosio had already started self-isolating after previously returning positive tests.

Authorities in Milan have said Inter must suspend all team activities for the next four days, which includes Saturday’s game with Sassuolo and a ban on international players from joining national teams.

The whole first team will undergo new tests on Monday.

The four positive tests within the Serie A leadership squad came as cases of coronavirus in Italy continue to rise.

Italy recorded 502 deaths from COVID-19 on Tuesday, the highest daily number since the end of January. About half of the country entered a strict lockdown this week to combat spikes in the number of cases and the remaining regions are expected to follow suit in early April.

Sassuolo’s game against Torino on Wednesday had been rescheduled after authorities asked for it to be postponed due to concerns over virus cases.

Inter lead Serie A heading into the final weekend of matches before the international break, nine points ahead of Milan and 10 ahead of champions Juventus, who have a game in hand.