Sunday April 5 2020
Setti: 'War-like situation'

Hellas Verona President Maurizio Setti said Italy are facing “a war-like situation” with the coronavirus pandemic. “I trust there will be no problems finding a deal with my players.”

The negotiations with the AIC (Italian Players’ Association) have so far failed to find a breakthrough, as the clubs want them to suspend four months of their salary, while players are leaning towards one month.

“Our position is very simply,” Verona patron Setti told Sky Sport Italia.

“We are in a war-like situation, so we need to sit around a table with calm, intelligence and openness, finding a solution that satisfies both parties.

“What’s happening is immensely damaging for the whole world of football, so I trust there will be no problems finding a deal with my players, who are good people.”

It remains to be seen when Serie A will resume, as FIGC President Gabriele Gravina said today they could even stretch to September or October.

However, the number of deaths, new positive cases and ICU admissions are dropping significantly over the last few days, so Italy seems to be heading towards the light at the end of this tunnel.

“I hope to play again this season. Finishing the campaign would be a way also of giving joy to the population, because the Italian people are so in love with this sport.

“I hope that we can get the campaign concluded and be able to close this chapter to slowly get back to normality.”

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