Wednesday April 29 2020
Fonseca: 'Clubs can guarantee social distancing'

Roma coach Paulo Fonseca assures clubs can ‘divide players up and guarantee social distancing, whereas in a park you are more likely to get infected.’

The Government is coming under fire from all concerned in the world of Italian football after declaring citizens could run in the park from May 4, but an athlete could not do the same inside the controlled environment of a training ground until May 18.

“It is difficult for me to understand, because we can go and run in the park where there are many more people who aren’t being checked, yet can’t do individual training work at Trigoria, where we have all the conditions to ensure safety,” Fonseca told Tele Radio Stereo.

“We have three training ground pitches here, so we can divide the players up and guarantee social distancing, whereas in a park with everyone running in different directions, you are much more likely to get infected there.”

The Lega Serie A has organised an emergency videoconference meeting for May 1 to discuss the matter and wants the Government to follow the ‘Spanish model’ of allowing training with social distancing from May 4.

Meanwhile, Fonseca discussed his love for Roma after almost a year in the Italian Capital.

“I am in love with Roma. It’s a unique sentiment I have for Roma and for the city of Rome, but what you experience here with the fans, the atmosphere of the club, it’s just unique.

“Finding such a well-organised structure and positive aura is so difficult for a coach and makes his job much easier. Even when I walk around the city with my family, people are so fantastic with us and I am very grateful to be at this club.”

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