The Nerazzurri are going to have to wait for their first battle after the winter break as their game against Bologna was called off.
’s battle againstBologna
on Thursday was postponed given the covid-19 outbreak in the host’s squad.
Bologna requested for their battle against Inter inSerie A
to be called off as well as their encounter with Cagliari since there has been a number of new positive tests in the team.
Although the league authorities did not confirm the matter, Inter announced that about an hour before the match that the game is called-off.
Bologna stated on Wednesday that the entire team had to quarantine as orders came from the local health authority.
The Nerazzurri warmed up on the field but the Rossoblu opponents did not arrive in what was supposed to be their first game after the break. Whether there will be a new date set or the points will be awarded to Inter remains to be seen.
Giuseppe Marotta, the Inter CEO, believes there should be no repeat of the decision to call off the match so late and he demands mandatory vaccination for the players.
Marotta said in Bologna :
"First of all, we reaffirm the primary objective of all: to safeguard the health of the players, the fans, all those who revolve around this sport.
"Bologna were ready to take the field and had to accept the decision of the ASL [local health authority]. There is no guideline for sport: we need a protocol that limits the competence of the ASL, otherwise these situations will be repeated.
"The issue of the protocol was addressed in the Lega Council, which will be announced with an official communication. We are faced with a scenario of great confusion and difficult to interpret.
"There are matches postponed and others that will be played: this is because every ASL decides autonomously. So here are cases like that of Bologna-Inter, which will not be played, or that of Spezia-Hellas, which will be played despite the 11 positives in the Venetian team.
"We need a guideline, a discussion with the government. The autonomy of the ASL in the decisions, taken to safeguard public health, causes differences, from case to case.
"I certainly hope for the introduction of full vaccination obligation for all players. If all players had the third dose, the spread of the virus and damage to health would be severely limited.
"The fourth wave caught us off guard, some leagues postponed the matches, others did not. The situation is difficult to assess.
"The postponement of these rounds would have ensured a more fluid management, but then the calendar would have been very compressed: it would have been really difficult to find days of recovery."
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