With the approval of the group training, the fate of the Serie A season will be decided on 28 May


Retrieved 19 May 2020, 23:44 IST

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Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo

The Serie A clubs will look into whether the 2012-2017 season is set to resume on May 26 after the government finally approves the resumption of group training.

Last week, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conti gave the green light to the teams to resume training on Monday, May 18, but it was later delayed due to further disagreements between the government and the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) over medical protocols.

Relevant authorities seem to have found the common ground, but State Minister for Sports Vincenzo Spadafora revealed that the government’s Technical Scientific Committee (CTS) has approved the latest protocol.

He also confirmed that the May 26 meeting had postponed the competition since March due to a viral epidemic and could not return until at least June 15 to decide whether the 2012-20 Serie A season would resume.

“Group workouts could resume,” Spadaphora told R2. “Some assessments have been made and FIGC was available to review the first proposal.

“Today, the situation allows us to predict less stringent rules. When the situation gets better, it is true that there are even lighter rules for the safe recovery of the football world.

“I am scheduled to meet with the President on May 26 at 3 pm, [Gabriele] Gravina and [Paolo] Dal Pino [of the FIGC and Lega Serie A, respectively].

“I believe we will have all the data available to be able to decide when the championship will start again next Thursday.

“It remains to be seen whether the championship will resume on May 26.”

Italy has confirmed 226,699 positive cases and 32,169 deaths in COVID-19, making it one of the most affected countries in the world.

But recently the death and infection rates have dropped so much that bars and cafes have reopened in some parts of the country.