Fans are tested before Lecce's game with Atalanta today ©Getty Images

Three players from third-division side Pianese have tested positive for coronavirus and Juventus' under-23 team is in quarantine as the coronavirus outbreak continues to wreak havoc on Italian football.

Pianese played Juventus' youngsters last Sunday (February 23) in their last match before the players were found to have COVID-19.

Juventus said in a statement that training sessions for the under-23 side had been "temporarily suspended".

"It is specified that, six days after the game, the Juventus players remain asymptomatic and are under medical supervision," the statement added.

Juve's first team have also been impacted by the outbreak, with their top-of-the-table clash with Inter Milan one of five Serie A matches off this weekend.

Udinese-Fiorentina, AC Milan-Genoa, Parma-SPAL and Sassuolo-Brescia have also been postponed, with May 13 identified as a new date for the fixtures. 

It had initially been said that the games would go ahead behind closed doors, only for the policy to change.

That decision has been met by criticism from some Inter Milan fans, reports footballitalia.

A group of ultras displayed a banner outside the Serie A offices that read: "Calciopoli, is it happening again?"

The banner references the infamous match-fixing scandal of 2006 and Inter fans are concerned their bid to win the league will suffer as a result of the fixture being postponed.

The club already had last week's game against Sampdoria called off and are now likely to have a congested schedule at the end of the season, especially if they progress in the Europa League.

Ludogorets players wore facemasks ahead of their game against Inter Milan in midweek ©Getty Images
Ludogorets players wore facemasks ahead of their game against Inter Milan in midweek ©Getty Images

Inter's Europa League game against Ludogorets was played behind closed doors on Thursday (February 27).

Minister for Sport Vincenzo Spadafora has defended the decision and said it is "unacceptable to judge these decisions based on partisan lines," according to footballitalia.

The Government gave the league the option of postponing games or playing them behind closed doors, Spadafora said, and postponement was seen as preferable.

"When the country has over 1,000 cases and almost 30 people dead, having the football games all play at the same time is really not my first priority. 

"I understand the fans are angry, but they cannot use that as their main thought process when judging difficult decisions.

"Now it’s up to the Lega Serie A to sort this out, if needs be taking the fixture list apart and putting it back together, to balance the calendar in the next few weeks. 

"I demand not even the slightest shadow of suspicion on the regularity of this campaign."

Napoli chief press officer Nicola Lombardo has since suggested his club's Coppa Italia game with Inter on Thursday (Match 5) could be postponed until May and Inter's clash with Juve moved forward, further muddying the waters.

Italy is the European nation impacted most by the coronavirus outbreak, with 1,128 confirmed cases and 29 deaths.

The north of the country is where most cases have occurred and travel restrictions are in place.

The AIBA Continental Forum, scheduled for Assisi this weekend, was postponed, while an Olympic water polo qualifier set for Trieste later this month has also been pushed back.