Serie A teams ready to challenge the government and return to training

MILAN: The 20 Italian Serie A clubs on Friday reiterated their unanimous desire to complete the season as the northern region of Emilia-Romagna became the first to open the way to training despite government restrictions.

An emergency Lega Series A assembly via high-flying club video took place after the Minister of Sports Vincenzo Spadafora This week he said that the chances of restarting were getting narrower.

League President Paolo Dal Pino After the meeting, he declared his openness to dialogue with the government from a constructive and collaborative perspective, obtaining in this position the full agreement of all the clubs.

Spadafora has warned that the government will call at the time of the season that has been suspended since March 9 if the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) fails to convince them of its health and safety protocol.

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A FIGC meeting scheduled for May 8 could be decisive.

Meanwhile, the Emilia-Romagna region authorized local clubs, including the frontline teams from Bologna, Parma, SPAL and Sassuolo, on Friday to resume training at sports centers from May 4 if they so wish.

Regional President of Emilia-Romagna Stefano Bonaccini agreed to allow professional athletes to train individually, in accordance with social distancing rules and without meetings in closed door structures.

The giants in southern Naples are also planning to return to training as their security proposals have received the backing of local authorities.

The league meeting on Friday also addressed the issue of television rights, but no resolutions were adopted on Sky, DAZN and IMG stations, with an estimated final payment of 340 million euros ($ 370 million) for the current season. , which will be paid in May.

FIGC President Gabriele Gravina He has said that the call time would be the death of Italian football, predicting losses of more than 800 million euros in television rights, sponsors, ticket sales and marketing.

If the government decided to disconnect the season, it would have the support of a country traumatized by more than 28,000 coronavirus deaths.

According to a recent poll, two out of three Italians would support a strike, particularly in the northern epicenter, stronghold of Juventus, Inter Milan and AC Milan and Atlanta.

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