Stadium sanitised ahead of Napoli-Inter Coppa Italia semi-final

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VIDEO SHOWS: NAPOLI'S STADIO SAN PAOLO BEING CLEANED AND SANITISED AHEAD OF THE COPPA ITALIA SEMI-FINAL AGAINST INTER MILAN

SHOWS:

NAPLES, ITALY (JUNE 12, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)

1. VARIOUS OF MAN IN PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT SPRAYING DUGOUT SEATS WITH DISINFECTANT

2. CLOSE-UP OF SPRAYING MACHINE

3. VARIOUS OF PRESS TRIBUNE BEING SPRAYED

4. MAN IN PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT SPRAYING NEWS CONFERENCE ROOM WITH DISINFECTANT

5. PAN FROM TACTICS BOARD TO CHANGING ROOM BEING SPRAYED WITH DISINFECTANT

6. VARIOUS OF CHANGING ROOM BEING SPRAYED WITH DISINFECTANT

7. VARIOUS OF STADIUM HALLWAY BEING SPRAYED

8. VARIOUS OF CLEANED SURFACES WITH SSC NAPOLI LOGO

9. VARIOUS OF TUNNEL BEING CLEANED

10. STADIUM FROM PRESS TRIBUNE

11. PITCH ENTRANCE

12. PAN FROM SEATING AREA ACROSS PITCH

13. PITCH

14. PRESS TRIBUNES

15. VARIOUS STADIUM SAO PAOLO EXTERIORS

16. CARS DRIVING PAST STADIUM

17. METAL FENCE AROUND THE STADIUM WITH SIGNS FOR TRIBUNES

18. ENTRANCE AND QUEUING AREA OUTSIDE THE STADIUM, OVERGROWN WITH WEEDS

19. CLOSE-UP OF ENTRANCE COVERED WITH GRAFFITI

STORY: The often unloved Coppa Italia will get a moment in the spotlight as it reopens the Italian soccer season after the coronavirus stoppage, with Napoli's Stadio San Paolo getting a thorough clean on Friday (June 12) ahead of one of the semi-finals against Inter Milan.

Gennaro Gattuso's team will host Inter on Saturday (June 13) while Juventus play AC Milan in the other last-four game on Friday.

Each team had to play only two matches, both at home, to reach the semis, thanks to the quirks of a format which seems designed to avoid the giant-killing romance which characterises the English and French Cups. The final is scheduled for Wednesday (June 17).

In the Italian version, the top eight Serie A teams from the previous season do not enter the fray until the round of 16, by which time any minnows have almost certainly been eliminated.

Only 78 teams are allowed to enter in the first place, of which just 38 are from outside the top two divisions, compared to the FA Cup's total of 735 which includes a myriad of amateur and part-time teams.

When Serie A teams face sides from lower divisions they are automatically drawn at home, further reducing the chances of an upset.

(Production: Ciro de Luca, Tim Hart, Ursa Presern)

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