Ital­ian foot­ball to re­sume play in late May

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ROME: The Ital­ian foot­ball fed­er­a­tion (FIGC) said on Fri­day that club matches should re­sume “in late May, early June”, say­ing those ad­vo­cat­ing can­cel­la­tion of the sea­son “do not like foot­ball, or Ital­ians”.

The pres­i­dent of the FIGC, Gabriele Grav­ina, said it would take three weeks to pre­pare af­ter the end of the coro­n­avirus lock­down in the coun­try, cur­rently sched­uled for May 4. “So at the end of May, early June, we can start,” he told Ital­ian ra­dio on Fri­day.

“Those who talk today about cancelling the sea­son do not like foot­ball or Ital­ians, be­cause they take away hope for the future and for recovery,” Grav­ina said. “There will be a mon­i­tor­ing pe­riod to guar­an­tee the that all those tak­ing part are free of the virus. If they are all neg­a­tive, there is no prob­lem of dis­tanc­ing or con­ta­gion,” said Grav­ina.

“I hope that ev­ery­one will be able to play in their own sta­dium, if that is not pos­si­ble we will find other so­lu­tions,” he added.

“It’s a com­plex mo­ment for our coun­try, for the econ­omy and for foot­ball, which is one of the most im­por­tant in­dus­tries,” he said, adding that he was con­fi­dent “we will find the right way”.

Ac­cord­ing to the Ital­ian press, Bres­cia and Torino are the last two clubs to openly op­pose the re­sump­tion of the league. The city of Bres­cia is one of the hard­est hit by the pan­demic which has killed nearly 23,000 peo­ple in Italy.

Meawhile, Kevin De Bruyne is re­cov­er­ing from an ill­ness, but the Manch­ester City star says he is not sure if he had coro­n­avirus. De Bruyne and his family felt ill for around two weeks, but the Bel­gian in­ter­na­tional did not find out whether or not it was the virus.

“I am do­ing well, to be hon­est,” De Bruyne told Sky Sports on Fri­day. “The first two weeks my family was sick so it was a lit­tle bit like up and down, but now they are all healthy. “We don’t know if we had it (coro­n­avirus) or not but I think we’re do­ing well now.”

With De Bruyne re­cov­ered, the mid­fielder is try­ing to keep as fit as he can while ad­her­ing to so­cial dis­tanc­ing rules. The Premier League is sus­pended in­def­i­nitely be­cause of the pan­demic, but there re­mains a chance play will re­sume this sea­son. “Well, the first two weeks was a lit­tle bit weird be­cause I don’t know what’s go­ing on,” De Bruyne said. “Then I man­aged to get a tread­mill. I was swim­ming a lit­tle bit be­cause I’m lucky to have a pool down­stairs.

“I was do­ing a cou­ple of lengths but now mostly I’m do­ing a run and I would say ev­ery other day I would choose be­tween swim­ming and do­ing some ex­er­cise, so I’m keep­ing fairly good for what we can on our own, I guess.”

Asked if City are send­ing through in­for­ma­tion and drills, he said: “They send us like a fairly big pro­gramme. “I think at the be­gin­ning of lock­down some of the gym phys­ios went to the club and made videos of what we can do, dif­fer­ent types of ex­er­cises.

“But there’s a few things that I like to do, ob­vi­ously it’s more the run­ning and the swim­ming ex­er­cise. “I do a lit­tle bit in-be­tween but I’m not one for sit­ting like an hour or two hours in a gym.

“I get bored of do­ing stuff on my own any­way so I pre­fer to do run­ning, where I keep busy for my­self and lis­ten to some pod­casts and all that stuff.” — AFP

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