Series A | Coronavirus They want to put aside the controversies and find a protocol to return to the activity
The last week of Italian football started negatively, as the Government, from which the go-ahead was expected to resume training from May 4, announced in the new decree that sports centers should remain closed at least until day 18.
It was announced by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, and in the following days a long series of controversies opened, led by the president of the Italian Football Federation, Gabriele Gravina, and followed by those of Lazio, second-placed before the forced break.
“I protect the interests of the football world and I refuse to sign a total block of the season, except if there are objective conditions related to the health of the players, the technical staff and collaborators, “Gravina assured in statements provided by the FIGC.
Even harsher was the reaction of Lazio’s sports director, Albanian Igli Tare: “May 4 should be the time to resume training. Considering the decisions made for other sports, we believe that we are discriminated against,” said Tare, referring to to the fact that the Government did allow athletes who practice individual sports to train as of this Monday.
He was followed by Ciro Immobile, Lazio forward and top scorer in Serie A, who considered it illogical that citizens be allowed to train in a public park, but footballers are prevented from doing so in armored sports centers.
In this context of high tension, Minister Spadafora and the Serie A League decided to intervene to ask for peace and to work in harmony to try to find a solution.
The next few days will be fundamental, since the scientific technical committee that collaborates with the Government in managing the pandemic will have to analyze the new FIGC protocol to study whether the conditions are in place to give the go-ahead to the resumption of training.
The date indicated at this time to reopen the sports centers is May 18, with the goal for the Serie A League to resume competition some three weeks later, in mid-June.
There are still twelve days to play this year in Serie A, which was interrupted on March 9 after the first 26 dates, when Juventus Turn led the table with a point advantage over Lazio, second, and nine over Inter Milan, third.
The FIGC recently accepted a proposal to finish the 2019-2020 course on August 2, and no longer on June 30, as usual, so that there is enough time to recover all the days.
The next few days will be decisive to study the evolution of the coronavirus in Italy and understand if there really are options to end the season.