The outbreak of the Covid-19 epidemic in Italy has allowed Serie A clubs to return to training to wait for the restart of the 2019-2020 season.
Sassuolo is the first Serie A club to return to practice from Monday (4-5).
The decision of Sassuolo Board of Directors is based on the decision of the regional government to allow professional football clubs to return to operation but must comply with the provisions on social spacing.
Initially, the Italian Government only allowed citizens to practice in the park while athletes playing individual sports can start practicing today (4/5) when the blockade order is relaxed. Meanwhile, team sports clubs (including football) have to wait another 2 weeks before the training ground is reopened, however, some areas of Italy such as Campania, Emilia-Romagna, Lazio and Sardinia have given The teams practice again from today (4/5).
Players in Serie A will be allowed to practice individually until May 17, after which they will train in groups. The new Sassuolo and Roma clubs have confirmed that they will begin personal training and medical checks from today (May 4) when the blockade is relaxed.
Sassuolo’s notice stated that the players would use the training ground at the Mapei Football Center. Players entering the training ground follow the rules of social spacing. Players practice on Monday to Friday mornings at 3 yards, 6 players per hour ie a player who practices half a yard. All players must not use indoor facilities such as changing rooms, gyms, offices. Technical staff will also not attend the training session, while emergency medical supervision is present. Neighboring clubs such as Parma, SPAL and Bologna also plan to return to training next week although the Italian Football Association has not yet agreed on a medical protocol for training and return to play.
Many other clubs also continue to train players to return to training, waiting for the Serie A restart. Napoli has announced that players will return to practice on the next 4-5 days but there is no specific notice of the training process as Sassuolo. The two clubs in Rome, Lazio and AS Roma, will return to training on May 6 after the local authorities gave the green light. Roma players will undergo a medical examination before entering individual training and adhere to the social spacing rules at Trigoria training center.
Practice does not mean “resume”
Serie A clubs are eager to return to play because canceling a tournament like Ligue 1 (France) could lead to serious financial difficulties for 40% of the teams in this tournament. Canceling the tournament could cost Italian football € 440 million in television rights, not counting ticket sales and other commercial contracts.
It is likely that Serie A this season will still take place after all 20 clubs agree with the plan to continue the season, though everything depends on the Government’s policy.
Currently, the tournaments in Belgium, the Netherlands and France have been canceled, while major tournaments like England, Spain and Italy are still looking to complete the season.
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