Lukaku and coach Conte for Inter Milan: Sunday’s game against Sampdoria postponed over coronavirus fears

Italian authorities have ordered the postponement of three Serie A football matches on Sunday over coronavirus fears in northern Italy.

The matches between title-chasing Inter Milan and Sampdoria, Atalanta against Sassuolo and Hellas Verona versus Cagliari have been pushed back to avoid the spread of the virus with 79 confirmed cases in an outbreak that has claimed two lives in the country.

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced late on Saturday evening that all sporting events in the Veneto and Lombardy regions would be suspended on Sunday.

Juventus played earlier on Saturday to extend their lead on the top of the standings with a 2-1 win at SPAL in Emilia-Romagna.

Inter Milan are six points behind the champions in third.