Serie A

Serie A season in doubt as sides delay return to group training

Serie A's clubs have failed to reach an agreement with the health authorities over quarantine procedures, placing more doubt on the completion of the campaign.

Serie A season in doubt as sides delay return to group training
MASSIMO PINCA REUTERS

Serie A clubs have decided to delay their return to group training after failing to reach an agreement  with the Italian government's coronavirus technical committee on the conditions they have demanded as a precursor to restarting the domestic league competition. While Juventus, Lazio and Inter have all expressed their determination to finish the campaign, there is a growing clamour from several clubs at the bottom of the division to draw a line under the 2019-20 season. 

Training in groups was scheduled to recommence on Monday but the stand-off with the technical committee has led to a postponement. Serie A sides are not happy about a government decree that the whole squad of a club will have to be placed in quarantine if a single player tests positive for Covid-19

Serie A start date far from assured

Whether the season will resume remains up in the air: the Italian Football Federation had set 13 June as the date to restart but Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte warned that the "conditions to make [the date] official are not yet in place." 

Some clubs are also not in agreement over the proposed date. Pierpaolo Marino, Udinese's technical director, expressed his reservations to national broadcaster Rai: "Playing on 13 June is a crazy idea. There was a massacre [in terms of injuries] in the Bundesliga and they started training seven weeks before they started playing."