Thursday May 28 2020
Di Livio: 'It's not football'

Former Juventus hero Angelo Di Livio has claimed Serie A players ‘can't be calm’ ahead of the proposed resumption and pointed out that the slow pace and the empty stands affect the games: “It’s not football.”

Serie A is working on the resumption and the governing bodies assemble again today to discuss the next steps towards concluding the 2019-20 campaign.

Di Livio, capped 40 times by Italy, picked up three Scudetti, the Coppa Italia and the Champions League during his time with the Old Lady and added another Italian Cup during his final years with Fiorentina.

The 53-year-old has claimed the players are affected by the situation and felt he could tell when he watched football being played behind closed doors last night.

“You can’t be calm, and the players aren’t,” Di Livio told TMW Radio. “You organise a trip without having contact with other people, on the pitch you won’t embrace your teammates, and you can’t celebrate but the physical contact is still there.

“You have to do things right. We are out of it but the ones on duty will have to be really good. More than any other times.

“Last night I watched a game after two months and it was a sign. You could tell, they played at two kilometres per hour, without audience when in other times it would have been sold out. For me, there were few emotions.

“We have to start again, and we’ll do it even without the public, but it’s not football. I also saw many banners against the resumption, the fans are all against it and I understand them. But we try to get through the moment.”

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