Tuesday May 12 2020
Minister: 'Positive test and Serie A stops'

The Ministry of Health confirms that ‘without doubt, if anyone tests positive for COVID-19 within a club, it all stops’ under the Serie A protocol.

The Government and the CTS (scientific committee) sent back the medical protocol to the FIGC, warning there had to be changes before they would allow contact training to resume on Monday.

The most important point is that if anyone within the group, whether player or member of staff, tests positive for COVID-19 after group training has begun, then the entire squad has to go into a 15-day quarantine.

This is not what the Bundesliga or Premier League models propose, which is to isolate only the person who tested positive.

“Without doubt, if anyone tests positive for COVID-19 within a club, it all stops,” Undersecretary for the Ministry of Health Sandra Zampa told Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli.

“The quarantine becomes automatic and the whole season stops. If you don’t stop, the virus will stop you instead. Loving football means caring for the people who work within it.

“The only reason we’re talking about resuming Serie A at all is because of the economic impact.”

Serie B is increasingly unlikely to restart, because the clubs are not as financially-equipped as the top flight teams to follow the extensive protocol.

“The decision is down to the Minister for Sport Vincenzo Spadafora. From what I know, he has taken another week to evaluate not only Serie B, but also the other team sports.”

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