Inter Milan’s Steven Zhang calls Serie A president ‘clown’ over handling impact of coronavirus

A number of top-flight games in Italy have been affected by the outbreak, including Inter’s top-of-the-table clash against Juventus which was called off last weekend.

Zhang rebuked Dal Pino for putting football before public health by refusing to postpone Inter’s game against Juventus in Turin, instead rescheduling it for May 13.

“Playing around (with) the calendar and always putting the public health as (a) secondary consideration,” 28-year-old Zhang, who was appointed Inter chairman in October 2018, wrote on Instagram.

“You are probably the biggest and darkest clown I have ever seen.

“And now you speak about sportsmanship & fair competition? How about we don’t protect our players or coaches and ask them to play for you 24/7 none (sic) stop?”

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Zhang added that the most important thing for people around the world was to be safe — whether they’re an Inter fan, a Juve fan, or not a football fan at all.

CNN has contacted Serie A for comment but not immediately received a response.

Inter’s Europa League game against Ludogorets last week was played behind closed doors at the San Siro stadium due to the virus.

The team is currently third in Serie A behind Juventus and leader Lazio.

Ludogorets players wear protective face masks as they arrive at the San Siro ahead of their Europe League game against Inter MIlan, which was played behind closed doors.

The Italian league isn’t the only competition to be impacted — Switzerland, China, South Korea and Japan have all been forced to postpone games, while the Premier League said it was monitoring the situation.

A host of sports across the world have already been affected as authorities work to contain the spread of the virus, including tennis, golf, rugby, boxing and cycling.