Coronavirus: Serie A edges towards resumption as Italy eases lockdown

Mon 27 April 2020 | 5:34

Giuseppe Conte, Italy’s prime minister, announced easing lockdown and gave the go-ahead for football teams to resume training in May.

As part of measures to ease the national lockdown, Conte announced that individual training could restart with players still respecting social distancing rules.

Italy has announced it is to ease lockdown measures in plans that will allow sports teams to return to training on May 18.

Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, confirmed on Sunday that restrictions would begin to be relaxed from May 4 after stringent rules were enforced following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

Italy has been one of the worst-affected nations, with over 26,000 deaths, but it is now preparing to take some steps back towards the normality that existed before COVID-19 arrived.

Conte warned that social-distancing rules would still need to apply, with sportspeople allowed to train individually from May 4 and in groups from May 18.

Rafa Ramos, president of the association of Spanish football club doctors, said that footballs and playing surfaces will have to be sterilized if matches are supposed to resume.

“All the material, even the pitches, will have to be sterilized before a match, at half-time and afterwards,” Ramos told El Pais. “It’s possible to be infected by the ball, but when you are struck by a sterilized ball it’s very hard to get infected.”

Serie A was halted last month and it remains to be seen when it will return, although Conte suggested many more services could be up and running by June.

Speaking at a media conference about the sport so beloved in his country, Conte said: "I am passionate about football, like many Italians, so it did seem strange that the season could be suspended, but even the most passionate supporters realized there was no alternative.

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"Minister for sport Vincenzo Spadafora will work intensively over the next few days with the experts, scientists and sporting figures to undertake training individually from May 4, in groups from May 18, and then we'll evaluate if there are the conditions to allow the season to be completed.

"Right now, we need to complete all the discussions to ensure that if we do reach that stage, we'll do so in the utmost safety and security.

"We are passionate about sport and don't want our idols to get ill."

source: SportMob