Friday October 9 2020
Should the Milan derby go ahead?

With Inter and Milan registering seven confirmed Covid cases combined, Lorenzo Bettoni asks if the Milan derby should go ahead as planned.

Here we are again. Less than a week after Juventus-Napoli, new Covid cases jeopardise one of Serie A’s most iconic games: the Derby della Madonnina. The kick-off is seven days away but fans and Serie A lovers around the globe are already concerned about a possible postponement.

Both Inter and Milan have confirmed new cases of Coronavirus in the last 24 hours. Roberto Gagliardini, Radja Nainggolan and Ionut Radu have joined Inter teammates Milan Skriniar and Alessandro Bastoni who all tested positive while on International duty earlier this week. 

Bastoni is a fellow Italy U-21 teammate of Matteo Gabbia, who also tested positive for Coronavirus while on duty with the Azzurrini who have four cases in their ranks. Their game against Iceland, scheduled for today, was postponed.

Gabbia is the third confirmed case at Milan after Leo Duarte, who tested positive in the last week of September and is still yet to be given the all clear without back-to-back negative swabs. Thankfully for Milan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has just announced he is negative for Coronavirus.

What will happen now? Will the Milan derby go ahead?

The FIGC protocol is clear: if a team has 13 players available, including one goalkeeper, the game can go ahead. But will it be enough to play the Milan derby? 

“Anything can happen because anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has come back positive really ought to go into quarantine. When there’s a first set of positive cases, then second, they ordinarily have to go into individual training routines, so the new positive cases do not infect anyone else. The FIGC protocol is ridiculous when it comes to the issue of isolation,” Professor Massimo Galli, chief of the infectious diseases department at the Sacco Hospital in Milan, told Radio Punto Nuovo yesterday.

“I hope that we can continue to have football matches, but it’s unreasonable to take risks. We should do everything with common sense.

“At the moment, the protocol set out by the football authorities does not hold up to scrutiny. The intervention of the ASL is inevitable and that was made clear by the latest Government decree.”

Napoli didn’t travel to Turin to face Juventus last week following an intervention of the local health authority (ASL) that banned the Azzurri from travelling to the Allianz Stadium.

Juventus expected a 3-0 win by default, but the sports judge has yet to take a final decision.

Meanwhile Genoa, the worst-hit Serie A club by Covid with 22 confirmed cases among their senior team, may have to travel to Verona with their youth team when Serie A comes back after the International break. 

“We will go to Verona with the Primavera. The days are passing, and nothing has been decided. They wanted us to reschedule the Torino game for midweek, it’s incredible,” The Grifone DS Daniele Faggiano said yesterday.

Genoa had two players test positive for Covid before their trip to Naples and then a further 15 more cases for a total of 22 after the game. Their Serie A clash against Torino has been rescheduled for November 4.

Meanwhile, the team has self-isolated and has not been able to train regularly. Inter have also had individual training sessions since the first Covid case emerged.

As professor Galli says, anything can happen. On the one hand the Italian Government keeps a close eye on public safety and the increase of daily case numbers, on the other the FIGC wants the protocol to be strictly respected also because the fixture list is already extremely congested and there would be no time to reschedule too many games.

It is still too early to know if the Milan derby will go ahead of not. A lot depends on what will happen in the next few days. Surely, the Serie A protocol is already showing signs of weakness and it is hard to believe it will remain unaltered until the end of the season.

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Have your say...
Yet, it is YOU who's twisting other people's words... "No, I don’t dislike anyone based on their team preference."
--When did I accuse you of that? (Roll eyes)

You honestly don't see that whatever you accuse me of doing is something you're doing??

OK, I'm getting off this ride. (It's going in circles.)

PS: If you want me to like you, stop attacking me personally (because you don't know me) & rather attack my posts with your POV. I don't mind that.
(...Or buy me chocolate. I LOVE chocolate.)
on the 23rd October, 2020 at 11:56pm
ROMAntic Yes, I’ve been a Milan fan since I saw them destroy Steaua Bucharest. And no, I don’t dislike anyone based on their team preference. What I dislike is stupidity. The definition of straw man fallacy should have your picture next to it in a dictionary. Pretty clear we’re not in the same league when it comes to rational argument. 
on the 23rd October, 2020 at 2:38am
While claiming respect for USA you disrespected Europe, the cradle of Western civilization.
You also discarded the connection (Galilei, Newton, Tesla <--> moonlanding).
So don't preach me on RESPECT or DOUBLE STANDARDS.

(Yeah, I'm super ecstatic for Roma barely beating ...Benevento...)
I swear I thought you are a Juventini & dislike me for bashing Juve at any chance I get.

A Milan fan, huh?
You just raised the stakes for Monday's game :) --It's personal now HAHAHA :)
on the 20th October, 2020 at 3:46pm
No, I have attention span of a shoe box...
Zoli, I don't like you.
You've always been rude to me. Actually, I only ever see your comments when you attack me --& for BANAL stuff at that!
If I write something's "beautiful", I can't get into all the aspects of it.
Yet you obliterate me (LOL) because for you it's "not THAT beautiful" or it's "rather DROP DEAD gorgeous".

I mean: Most Americans ARE EUROPEANS!Yet you want to have an argument.
(You probably prefer metric & dislike M/D/Y dates as well.)
on the 20th October, 2020 at 3:43pm

Mentioning me in this many comments tells me that you either have the attention span and drafting ability of a shoe box or you just simply like me.
I think it’s the latter.
Scaling the intelligence heights of a person of your stature–someone who tracks only American successes to European origins but not the failures–might be hard so let’s talk football instead.
Both our teams won, we should enjoy the moment instead of debating the ancestry of the slave traders and segregation.
on the 19th October, 2020 at 4:55pm
Well on the plus side the game went ahead and a great result for Milan.
We should all be united by Football stay safe everyone
on the 19th October, 2020 at 9:48am

Yup. Appreciate it mate!
on the 18th October, 2020 at 11:06pm
@Milan Fan
I didn't see your comment at all.
Now your "not listing China in the top three for 2100" makes sense...

Anyway, congrats on your win yesterday. You're probably still pounding your chest :)
on the 18th October, 2020 at 6:41pm
Seriously, where are the comments? What's wrong with me explaining that China's population projection by the year 2100 is under 700m?

Maybe it's because it's unrelated to football, but then again, you allowed so much unrelated stuff go on down below!
on the 18th October, 2020 at 3:47pm
Today you also didn't post my comment where I replied to Zoli that "4-5 years before the moonlanding, African American women were not allowed to vote & people in USA were segregated because of color."

I did call Zoli some names in that post...
But NO WHERE NEAR what has already been used bellow by other users.
I used "ignorant" & "dumb", something even your FI writers use in blogs & news!!!

Only in this blog there are over 30 non-football related comments, yet you ony singled out me..!
on the 18th October, 2020 at 2:35pm
FI censor,

Bellow you deleted my post from 16. October where I only stated that:
- There are 1.4 billion people in China.
- The English call a billion, while for continental Europeans a million millions is a billion...


--Then censor/ delete other users bellow as well!

Don't discriminate me. Especially when you allow that racist Pinturicchio to degrade Napolitans on a monthly basis.
on the 18th October, 2020 at 2:33pm
Seriously, Zoli --Get away from me!
You always initiate some non-football topics... when this is an ITALIAN FOOTBALL SITE!

Guys, RESPECT OTHERS; their space & right for safety.
No matter what's your take on masks, wear them in public facilities & around people who aren't family. DON'T ENDANGER OTHERS!

With my opinion that "American way of writing dates & imperial system are the worst" I'm not endangering anyone. Neither is Viki saying masks are obsolete, long as he wears them in public.
on the 18th October, 2020 at 2:23am
Dates should be written either: "day/month/year" or "year/month/day".
With LOGIC PROGRESSION: >>>>> or <<<<<.
>><<>>><< is confusing.

I have huge problems when searching for or downloading stuff online:
"7.20.1969" is not problematic... But what is "6.7.2019"? Is it "7.6." or "6.7."??
You can't tell, because you don't know if uploader is American, American writing as European, or European who copied American date... :(
And for that I blame Americans.

PS: I LOVE Hungarian way of writing dates.
on the 18th October, 2020 at 1:39am
Hey, Jez --I think I found the doctor-brother of Viktor's imaginary wife...

Zoli dear,
My nick was "United States of Totti", so you can't accuse me of being anti-American.

Nevertheless, I'm sure most chief minds who worked on Apollo project (,where wonderful METRIC system was used,) were either born in "sophisticated" Europe or their parents were.

Fact is:
Because ONE (arrogant) country doesn't want to change to a FAR superior metric system, our rulers & kitchen pots have two measure marks.
on the 18th October, 2020 at 1:36am

“Americans can't even write dates properly”

Lucky they knew enough astronomy to land on the Moon on 20/07/1969, when the sophisticated Europeans were busy writing a book about how to write dates properly.
By your measure poor Hungarians are really screwed up with their regressive Arabic & Roman numeral mix. (1969. VII. 20.)

Anyway guys, respect others.
on the 16th October, 2020 at 7:27pm
PS: Aww, man --now you reminded me of the stupid imperial system (Fahrenheits, inches, etc...):

"Boil eggs at 212°..."


"I'm 6,1 tall."


-- Americans can't even write dates properly!!! Instead of "progressive": day < month < year They use: month > day < year! Anyway guys, RESPECT OTHERS & wear masks in closed spaces.
on the 16th October, 2020 at 6:17pm
All i said is wear a mask.
Then suddenly we are talking about toasters!!!
on the 16th October, 2020 at 1:36pm
@ dejan10

Dude I searched those things you mentioned because I thought what the hell let's have a good laugh and boy did I have a good laugh!!!

What is wrong with you people and your great conspiracy theories? Paranoid much? And you probably think you're sooo smart to believe in these craps. Let me guess, you also think the earth is flat and NASA is photoshopping pictures for us. LMAO
on the 16th October, 2020 at 1:23am

Just a big yawnnnnnn....

Keep your mask on, do what the authorities tell you. Whatever works, because hey, that's what they tell you to do.

Utterly sad. Peace.
on the 15th October, 2020 at 10:58pm
I have to first apologise to Viktor, there is no way some this stupid could be related to him, you are above and beyond.
So you googled some facts AFTER you told us i have more chances of dieing with a toaster? shouldn't you have googled things to say BEFORE making yourself look like a numpty.
Lets take a person with heart condition- before they got covid they were walking around then they got covid and died.
Victim in a plane crash who had flu died of what... flu??? Wake up man!
on the 15th October, 2020 at 7:20pm
@Jez - Okay, Karen. I guess a pea brain like yours doesn't know that according to the Office of National Statistics, only 350 people have died in the UK WITHOUT pre-existing conditions. (Google it) Or that this is all really about "AGENDA 21" and "THE GREAT RESET" not the virus. (Google it.) Or that the WHO themselves have just said LOCKDOWNS DON'T WORK. (Google it.) I could go on but something tells me facts and logic mean nothing to hysterical leftists like you. Goodbye and good luck.
on the 15th October, 2020 at 5:04pm
Had you not come on here and written something so utterly ridiculous you would have prevented yourself looking like a total tool but you did and you do.
on the 15th October, 2020 at 12:12pm
@Everyone: welcome dejan10, Viktors sisters husband!

Telling people to put a mask won't cure C19, it is certainly not the greatest preventative but it the simplest and does help, moments like this every little helps.
I Don't think anyone is saying stay in, although people like you should be locked up for the safety of others but hey ho!
A toaster could catch fire, if you put a T-towel over it you increase the risk of fire so a preventative is don't put the T-towel over it, simple things!!!
on the 15th October, 2020 at 9:17am
@Viktor, there's no point arguing with these WuFlu hysterics. Apparently we all need to spend our lives huddled up indoors, wearing masks and waiting for a "second wave" to hit... even though you have more chance of being killed by your toaster.
on the 15th October, 2020 at 6:44am
How dumb can you be Dimitri? Napoli was scheduled to travel to Turin on Saturday, but they decided not to go. The local travel ban was given on Sunday when Napoli was suppose to already be in Turin. You then talk about posponing the season something that probably would have become a reality at some point if what Napoli did was allowed...
on the 15th October, 2020 at 6:03am
Should it be postponed?! How about postponing the whole season and give the Scudetto right away to Rubentus?!? Because let me give you a few "spoilers" - RUBENTUS GONNA WIN IT ANYWAY! This decision regarding the Napoli game, a team that's obviously far better than them and that would've killed them on the pitch, with ADDITIONAL (WTF?!?! WHYYYYY?!) point deduction?!
on the 14th October, 2020 at 7:50pm
Of course countries under lockdown will suffer financially. The idea is not to prosper, but to keep the spread to a minimum thus decreasing the death toll and protecting the older generation which you have no regard to. They mostly cannot survive the virus. People should listen to WHO and health authorities, this is why they exist.

Did you know that Nigeria's population projection by the year 2100 is 760m people? They will be the second biggest population by then after India.
on the 14th October, 2020 at 4:36pm
Why thank you kind sir.

Lets hope there are no other world crisis out there for Viktors and his associates to advise on! It Probably won't be long before he advises us on a swedish brand of Bleach to use that will come highly recommended by his 'doctor' brother in law as a cure for covid altogether! It is his wife i feel most sorry for i mean she has to deal with covid and Vikor i can only imagine what that must be like.

Stay safe everyone.
on the 14th October, 2020 at 3:47pm
Why don't you ask your sisters husband, the 'expert' who told you not to take the simplist of preventative measure there is, what long term effect Covid 19 could have on all diffrent ages ranges, like the healthy 35 year old left in wheel chair from Covid 19; Let me guess "thats just a freak result" isn't it. But it is a 'freak result' from an unknown virus that is only months old so his true response should be "we dont know yet" but he is related to you so any response is possible!
on the 14th October, 2020 at 3:23pm
I never said I was anything other than someone calling out another mans BS.
You on the other hand claim to have answers for everything.
You statement on Sweden having lower death rate from flu is true across most of the world. You see the thing people like you don't seem to understand is NO ONE is arguing the that of flu being also a threat, BUT flu is known to medical experts. C19 is not even a year old and so its unknown by experts, expect you sisters husband of course...1/2
on the 14th October, 2020 at 3:08pm

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