Serie A clubs vote to resume season June 13 | Football News


Serie A clubs voted to resume the season on June 13, pending approval from the Italian government.

Sixteen Serie A clubs voted in favor of the date at a league meeting on Wednesday, while the other four voted to resume the season the following weekend, June 20.

This comes after confirmation by Italian Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora that a medical protocol has been agreed by the government and the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) to allow Serie A teams to resume group training from May 18.

However, the protocol means that if a player or staff member tests positive for coronavirus after May 18, the entire team will have to quarantine for 15 days – unlike the Bundesliga model.

“Regarding the resumption of sporting activity, in accordance with government decisions and in accordance with the medical protocols for the protection of players and all personnel concerned, the date of June 13 has been indicated for the resumption of the league”, a Serie A said the statement on Wednesday.

Fiorentina reported six new cases of coronavirus last week

Fiorentina reported six new cases of coronavirus last week

It is understood that a restart on June 13 would give the Italian clubs enough time to complete the Serie A season and Coppa Italia, which was interrupted after the first leg of the two semi-finals, before the breakpoint UEFA on August 2.

At least 19 Serie A players have tested positive for coronavirus since the league’s suspension on March 9, with Fiorentina and Sampdoria reporting six and four new virus cases at their clubs respectively last week.

There are 12 rounds remaining in Serie A and four games which have been carried over from the 25th, Juventus leading the rankings with a point ahead of Lazio.

Analysis: Italian football united in will

Serie A clubs have always been crystal clear in their desire to end the season and Wednesday’s vote is another statement proving that all parties are united and going in the same direction.

However, the issue was deeply political – and much of the talk focused on adapting a medical protocol to satisfy the government’s scientific committee, so that all players and club staff could focus on the football without worrying about the virus.

The idea behind the approved protocol is to make each club a “safe group” through rigorous and regular testing, starting two weeks before the start of the season, to minimize the risk of exposure.

While this may be a clever approach, there are questions about how the whole league would fare when a player tests positive for COVID-19 – given that the entire team should be quarantined, instead of the individual player as would happen in the Bundesliga.

Another sticking point is responsibility, as club doctors don’t want to be seen as the only party responsible if a player has a positive result. In short, any resumption of Serie A is in any case linked to security: new insurance will have to arrive directly from the federation.

Now the ball is completely in the government’s court, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte revealed last week that he would take the football record himself and make a decision based on the Italian viral curve. Next week the government will shed light on the thinking process, but Italian football is ready and ready to try it.

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