Some Serie A play­ers to re­sume train­ing

Kuwait Times - - Sports -

MI­LAN: Play­ers from sev­eral Ital­ian foot­ball clubs were on course to re­sume in­di­vid­ual train­ing as the Mediter­ranean coun­try pre­pared to grad­u­ally roll back its coro­n­avirus lock­down. The Ital­ian gov­ern­ment has been feud­ing for weeks with in­di­vid­ual re­gions about which ac­tiv­i­ties will be al­lowed when the na­tion be­gins to emerge from an eco­nom­i­cally crip­pling lock­down to­day.

Prime Min­is­ter Giuseppe Conte is lift­ing Ital­ians’ stay-at-home or­ders and per­mit­ting restau­rants to re­sume take­out ser­vice next week. But Conte has de­layed an­nounc­ing a restart to the Serie A sea­son for fear of an­other spike in con­ta­gions for a dis­ease that has of­fi­cially killed 28,710 in Italy — sec­ond only to the United States.

Conte is only al­low­ing clubs to re­sume team train­ing on May 18. Sev­eral re­gions that have avoided the worst of the out­break say they will use a loop­hole to in­di­vid­ual play­ers to start train­ing on Mon­day.

The vol­un­tary ses­sions will af­fect teams such as Napoli in the south and the cen­tral Emilia-Ro­magna re­gion’s Bologna. Parma an­nounced they will open their fa­cil­i­ties next week for use by their squad mem­bers

Rome’s Lazio have also voiced plans to re­sume in­di­vid­ual train­ing at their sport cen­tre. But rules pub­lished by Sas­suolo made clear that none of their coaches or other staff will be in­volved in the ses­sions.

Up to six play­ers on an open pitch at a time will be al­lowed and they will be barred from us­ing the chang­ing rooms to min­imise the threat of con­ta­gion. Serie A clubs unan­i­mously voted on Fri­day to fin­ish the 2019-20 sea­son — sus­pended since March 9 with Ju­ven­tus lead­ing Lazio by a point.

But Sports Min­is­ter Vin­cenzo Spadafora noted this week the chances of a restart were “in­creas­ingly nar­row”.

Mean­while, Ger­many’s min­is­ter for the in­te­rior and sport said yes­ter­day he sup­ports a re­sump­tion of the coun­try’s foot­ball sea­son this month de­spite the coro­n­avirus epi­demic. “I find the sched­ule pro­posed by the Ger­man league plau­si­ble and I sup­port the restart in May,” Horst See­hofer told Bild news­pa­per, three days be­fore a meet­ing of Ger­man author­i­ties to dis­cuss the is­sue.

The Ger­man Foot­ball League (DFL) backs a re­sump­tion of matches with­out spec­ta­tors around mid-May, which would make it the first ma­jor Euro­pean cham­pi­onship to make such a move. See­hofer, who plays a key gov­ern­ment role on the is­sue as he holds sev­eral port­fo­lios, has em­pha­sised that the teams and play­ers must re­spect sev­eral conditions.

“If there is a case of coro­n­avirus in a team or its man­age­ment, the club as a whole, and even­tu­ally also the team against which it last played, must go into quar­an­tine for two weeks,” he said.

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