ROME – Serie A football matches behind closed doors: the Federcalcio asks the government to protect sports competition from the risk of coronavirus.
Federal President Gabriele Gravina , following the meeting of the medical task force convened on Monday morning in FIGC to coordinate the activity of Club Italia and the national competitive activity, announced that he had sent an official request to the Government, in which the Football Federation he also expressed concern over the possible closure of the sports facilities "because we need – he underlined – to have the teams train and there is a risk that the preparation activity will stop".
Furthermore, the FIGC promoted the request to play the Europa League Inter-Ludogrets match next Thursday behind closed doors: “We have sent an official request to Minister Speranza, who can be our reference partner – he President Gravina declared during the press conference – to play Thursday's Inter match in the Europa League with Ludogorets behind closed doors and we await feedback that has already been announced positively. As for Serie A, without prejudice to the independence of the Leagues, I believe that the games will be held behind closed doors on Sunday: by tonight we should have a response from the Government regarding the matches to be played in the regions involved. We asked to coordinate all ordinances at the local level as much as possible ".
As for the other leagues, pending the definition of the next day by the Lega B, the Lega Pro has ordered the postponement of the 9th and 10th day of the groups A and B of Series C (group C will be played regularly), so as the National Amateur League has decided to postpone the next day of the Serie D championship (for the groups concerned) and all regional activities for the territories concerned.
In relation to the national team programs, the internships in the program (male Under 19, female Under 19 and 23) were suspended in the period up to the beginning of March, while the official international activity continues. In detail, two commitments in Portugal and one in Spain for women's teams; National A will meet on Thursday 27 and will leave in the evening to take part in the Algarve Cup: the 4th debut with the hosts, then two more matches to be defined on 7 and 10 or 11 March. The Under 17 team left yesterday for Lisbon, where they will face two tests with the same Portuguese age on Tuesday 25 and Thursday 27. The Under 19 team will be in Spain from 5 to 9 March for the "La Manga" tournament, where they will play with Norway, Iceland and Switzerland.
There are two men's national teams active these days: the Under 16 team is in Antalya, Turkey, where he takes part in a UEFA Tournament and faced France this morning (2-5) and will continue on Wednesday with Turkey and Saturday with Paraguay. The Under 15 team, in training in Rome since yesterday evening, will leave for Serbia, where they will play on Thursday 27th in Stara Pazova (12.00). Finally, the Under 19 Futsal team, retiring from Monfalcone since yesterday, will face Slovenia in Skofije today (18.30).
Among the decisions taken today by the Football Federation Council meeting on Monday 24 February in Rome, the appointment was made unanimously by the president of the Serie A football league, Paolo Dal Pino, as vice-president of the FIGC. In addition, President Gabriele Gravina announced his intention to place the elective assembly for the new four-year period in March 2021, by the 15th day as required by the federation's statute. (Source: Agi)
Source: Blitz Quotidiano