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Italian fans mingle calmly in Lyon amid coronavirus fears

As black-and-white clad Juventus fans mingled in the restaurants and bars of Lyon ahead of a Champions League game Wednesday, the decision to let the match go ahead amid a coronavirus outbreak in nearby Italy met with a defiant stance from France's health minister but criticism from others.

Lyon received the go-ahead from French authorities on Tuesday, sparking disapproval from some politicians and residents close to the stadium.

Up to 3,000 Juventus fans from Turin in northern Italy were expected to attend the game at Groupama Stadium, located some 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) outside of the city center in the commune of Decines-Charpieu.