No assurance for restart of Serie A yet – Vincenzo Spadafora


Italy’s sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora has called for caution amidst the decision of the government to relax restrictions across the country.
Italian PM Guiseppe Conte announced a change to the existing restriction across Italy, the new guidelines will allow individual players to resume training by May 4 and group training by May 18.
Consequently, the Italian Football Federation [FIGC] submitted a protocol, but the sports minister has now said the protocol is not comprehensive enough.

MILAN, ITALY – OCTOBER 24: Vincenzo Spadafora of Italy , Italian Minister for Sport during the 103rd Giro d’Italia 2020, Route Presentation / #Giro / on October 24, 2019 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

Speaking to Rai 1 he said:
“We’ll resume training for team sports from May 18, but only if the conditions of safety and security can be confirmed over the next few weeks,”
“I don’t wish to penalize or slow down the resumption of football, but I have to say we’ll see because there need to be rigid and certain protocols in place on the safety of the athletes.
“The FIGC [Italian Football Federation] presented a protocol last night and the scientific committee considered it insufficient, so it needs adjustments. Only from that moment, when the protocol is agreed, can we decide whether or not to restart football.
“We realize that the world of football deserves respect and support, as it is one of the largest economic resources in the country.”
Football is one of the sectors that contribute the most to the Italy’s economy, which maybe explains why the Italian Federation are in a hurry to ensure the restart of the league, but caution cannot be thrown to the wind.
Italy are one of the worst hit countries in the world with over 25,000 deaths and we cannot give priority to football ahead of human lives.

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  1. April 30, 2020

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