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Serie A clubs can resume training – with provisos

Serie A clubs will be able to resume training again from May 18th. However, that depends on them observing strict medical protocols according to the Italian government.

The Italian first division became one of the first leagues in Europe to be suspended on March 9th because of the coronavirus, and the country has since endured a severe lockdown to combat its spread, which has claimed the lives of nearly 31,000 people across Italy.

Restrictions have now been cautiously eased, and one of the steps that has been allowed is for clubs to begin full training again, but medical authorities are insisting that can only happen if appropriate health precautions are in place to protect the safety of players and staff.

They include compliance with the general rule that anybody who comes in contact with somebody with the virus must spend two weeks in self-isolation.

Last week, the government allowed squads to return to individual training sessions in team facilities, but there were immediate setbacks when Fiorentina and Sampdoria revealed that the testing of players and staff had yielded positive cases. And a Torino player has also been reported as having contracted the disease.

At the moment, a tentative resumption date for the season of early June is being considered, but Vincenzo Spadafora, the country’s Sports Minister, is amongst the sceptics. He insists that a resumption of training does not imply that the season will be allowed to start again, and that the health situation in the country will be the determining factor when it comes time to making a decision.

With teams facing 12 or, in some cases, 13 matches still to play in order to complete the Serie A season, clubs, facing severe financial losses, are desperate to conclude the season. However, whilst Serie A is trying to look on the bright side, at this stage there are no guarantees.

Charles I Adebiyi Administrator

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