Friday May 1 2020
Emilian chief: 'Four clubs can train'

Bologna, Parma, SPAL and Sassuolo have all been given permission to resume training on May 4 by the President of Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region.

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said only individual sports could restart on that date, while Minister for Sport Vincenzo Spadafora warned only yesterday that the government would stop the season if the FIGC failed to amend its health protocol.

However, Stefano Bonaccini has now signed off an order allowing ‘professional sportspeople to train individually, in compliance with social distancing rules and without any gatherings in closed-door structures’.

Emilia-Romagna is a north-eastern region around 200km from Lombardy, which is the epicentre of Italy’s coronavirus outbreak.

It has the second-highest number of COVID-19 deaths in the country but ranks behind Lombardy and Piedmont in terms of active positive cases.

Emilia is also the home to four Serie A clubs in Bologna, Parma, SPAL and Sassuolo.

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