The Italian sports minister is expected to confirm on May 4 that he will return to training at Serie A

  • Vincenzo Spadafora discussed the possibility of resuming training next month.

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17 April 2020, 06:36 IST changed

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Serie A games have been suspended due to the outbreak of coronavirus in Italy.

Italy’s Minister of State for Sport, Vincenzo Spadafora, is expecting a May 4 deadline to return to Serie A training as soon as possible.

Serie A was suspended indefinitely in March after playing some matches behind closed doors due to a coronavirus epidemic that claimed more than 145,500 lives worldwide.

The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) has already stated that the campaign will not begin until the health and safety of all concerned is guaranteed.

The Italian government has extended its current stringent restrictions on movement and outdoor activity to May 3, though reports say that some clubs are eager to return to training at that time, will start playing later that month and end in 2019-20 in July.

Regarding the possibility of resuming training next month, Spadafora told reporters: “The weeks ahead will be fundamental to understanding the evolution of the healthcare situation and how, when, and when we can return to sport at all levels.

“We hope to confirm the date on May 4 to get back into training as soon as possible. I hope we can keep this date, even if it’s just for training behind closed doors.

“Right now, our only concern is the health and safety of the general public.”

Lazio had a point clear through 26 games when defending champion Juventus was suspended.

Italy – which remains in lockdown – has killed more than 22,100 people and confirmed at least 168,900 sea-19s.

Published 17 April 2020, 06:36 IST

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