Italy’s minister for sport says a decision can be made over when Serie A will return as soon as a scientific committee provides a judgement on the football federation’s medical protocol, which is expected imminently.
Like elsewhere across Europe, football in Italy has been on hold for over a month following the coronavirus outbreak, but the return of behind-closed-doors games in Germany next week has prompted other countries to explore the short-term future of their respective leagues.
Vincenzo Spadafora, the country’s minister for sport, expects that decision over Serie A will be able to be made “imminently” and insists sport in Italy will be “stronger than ever” when it eventually does come back.
“We will imminently learn the verdict of the scientific committee on the FIGC’s medical protocol,” Spadafora said during a Facebook video, quoted by Goal.
“We are also ready to propose guidelines to the committee for training sessions involving all team sports and guidelines to open up facilities, including gyms, swimming pools and dance halls, that will allow all those who work in sport to resume their activities.
“Finally, we are also working with the Ministry for Education, for Equal Opportunities and Families to reopen sporting facilities, so we can guarantee a summer of sport for the youngest members of our society. So, one step at a time, sport will return. It’ll be stronger than ever.”
AC Milan have become the most recent team to offer an update about tests which were carried out on their squad following a return to training, confirming that no coronavirus cases were detected among the players of staff.
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“Players will continue their individual training program at Milanello and medical screenings will be completed for all players and staff reporting for training over the coming days,” Milan confirmed.