Coronavirus Outbreak: Italian government wants to look at all aspects before allowing Seria A teams to resume training

Spadafora, speaking after a meeting with the Italian football federation (FIGC), the Serie A league and players and referees’ associations, said a decision would be made in the next few days.

Reuters April 23, 2020 10:38:37 IST
Coronavirus Outbreak: Italian government wants to look at all aspects before allowing Seria A teams to resume training

Rome: The Italian government is still not ready to set a date for Serie A teams to start training again ahead of a possible resumption of the league, sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora said on Wednesday.

Spadafora, speaking after a meeting with the Italian football federation (FIGC), the Serie A league and players and referees’ associations, said a decision would be made in the next few days.

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“I have listened with great attention to the different positions that have emerged and, in the coming days, after a discussion with the Ministry of Health, we will issue updated provisions regarding the possibility and methods for a re-start of training,” he told reporters.

He said it was necessary to “have a deeper look at the aspects related to the possible resumption of training in maximum safety for the athletes and coaching staff of sports clubs.”

Italy has been one of the countries worst affected by COVID-19 and professional football has been suspended since 9 March. The FIGC and Serie A have both said they want to complete the season if possible.

The FIGC has already drawn up detailed guidelines for the resumption of practice, which would see the players isolated in training camps for the first few days.

Earlier, Spadafora told the Senate that “we are aware that we have to re-start because sport is important as an economic and social value, but we will do so with absolute respect for everyone’s health.”

He also criticised the media for focusing on whether Serie A would be finished.

“We know very well that football is valued as an economic asset but we know just as well that sport is not only football and that football is not only Serie A,” he said.

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