The Italian government is not yet prepared to set a date for Serie A teams to start training ahead of a possible resumption of the league. This was revealed by sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora on Wednesday during a meeting with the Italian Football Federation (FIGC), players, referees’ associations, and the Serie A league. He added that a decision would be made in the coming days.
“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 noted that 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 is one of the countries that has been most hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the FIGC and Serie A are keen to complete the season by any possible means. The FIGC has come up with detailed guidelines for the resumption of the sport and this would ensure that players are isolated in training camps for the first few days.
Earlier, Spadafora in a chat with the Senate said: “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 criticized the media for focusing on if the Serie A would be completed or not.
“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.