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  Sports   Football  13 Apr 2020  Italian FA hopes for coronavirus testing, return to training in May

Italian FA hopes for coronavirus testing, return to training in May

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Published : Apr 13, 2020, 5:41 pm IST
Updated : Apr 13, 2020, 5:41 pm IST

Italy was hit hard by the Covid19 pandemic, with 19,899 deaths, but its football chief is determined for the season to be completed

Italy's Football Association president Gabriele Gravina. AFP Photo
 Italy's Football Association president Gabriele Gravina. AFP Photo

Rome: Italy’s football federation hopes that players can be tested for the new coronavirus at the start of May to prepare for the season to restart, its president Gabriele Gravina has said.

Serie A has been suspended since March 9 because of the coronavirus outbreak and it is still not clear when, or if, the season can resume.

 

Italy has been one of the countries hardest hit by the Covid19 pandemic, with 19,899 deaths and 156,363 officially confirmed cases. Players at a number of clubs have been infected.

There are still 12 rounds of matches to be played, plus several outstanding fixtures.

Gravina told Sky Sport Italia that he was still determined for the season to be completed no matter how long it took.

“As soon as the conditions are right, we’ll finish the championship,” he said.

“Soon, there will be a meeting, we will establish the procedure which we will then communicate. We will start, I hope, at the beginning of the month (May) with tests to ensure that players are negative and the training can follow.

“Will we play through the summer? We don’t have a deadline but the idea is to finish the championships.”

Several clubs have opposed the idea of carrying on with the championship including Brescia, who have threatened not to take the field.

Tags: covid 19, italy's football association, gabriele gravina
Location: Italy, Latium, Roma