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Getafe FC refuse to travel to Italy to play Inter Milan for UEL due to coronavirus



Getafe have announced they will not honour their Europa League meeting with Inter Milan amid the Coronavirus crisis which has hit Italy.

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Getafe were drawn alongside the Italian giants for the knockout round following their qualification for the last 16.

They were scheduled to travel to Milan for the first leg of the fixture on Thursday, March 12, before hosting Inter on Thursday, March 19, for the return leg.

But the Spanish side has resolved to forfeit the match, with club president Angel Torres announcing he will not let his team travel to Italy for the clash.

Torres declared on Tuesday, March 10, he is not ready to risk the health of Getafe players and staff, urging UEFA to find and alternative venue.

“We have asked UEFA to look for an alternative to play in Milan. We don’t want to go into the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak,” Torres was quoted saying.

“Under no circumstances are we going to put our health at risk. Unless things change tomorrow, Getafe will not travel to Italy,” he added.

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Meanwhile, Italy is Europe’s most hit country with Coronavirus – a desperate situation that has seen all sporting events including the topflight league suspended.

But with European competitions not falling under the Italian National Olympic Committee, the Europa tie pitting Getafe and Inter was scheduled to go on as planned.

It remains unclear the decision UEFA will make should Getafe fail to turn up at San Siro as declared.