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Friday June 5 2020
Malesani's maddest moments at 66

As Alberto Malesani turns 66, Football Italia looks back at the nomadic career of the former Parma and Fiorentina boss, from winning the UEFA Cup to his crazy press conferences.

Alberto Malesani was born on June 5, 1964 in the Veronese district of San Michele Extra and made his name managing local team Chievo in 1993.

Helping lay the foundations for the Flying Donkeys’ historic promotion to Serie A, he took Fiorentina to fifth place before joining Parma in 1998.

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Thursday June 4 2020
Serie A clubs excluded if protocol breached?

The FIGC is reportedly threatening to exclude from Serie A any club that does not respect the medical protocol for COVID-19.

According to Sport Mediaset, Sky Sport Italia and others, the proposal will be discussed at a meeting on Monday.

It would give the Federation the authority to throw a club out of the top flight for breaking the rules.

The pandemic curve is falling significantly every day, prompting many teams and their medical staff to call for a relaxing of the quarantine guidance.

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Thursday June 4 2020
FIGC establishes Fund to save lower leagues

The FIGC Presidential Committee has announced the establishment of a 'Salva Calcio Fund' of €21.7m, allocated to help save the lower leagues.

In a statement, the Federcalcio has revealed their plan to help the resumption of activities in the lower leagues.

“Parallel to the return to the pitch in the professional leagues, phase three of Italian football officially begins today with the establishment of the Salva Calcio Fund by the FIGC Presidential Committee,” it reads.

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Thursday June 4 2020
Nicchi: 'Algorithm almost irreproachable'

The Referees’ Association chief Marcello Nicchi has claimed the algorithm has ‘been declared almost irreproachable’ but hopes to avoid using it.

The AIA President was happy to confirm that football’s different governing bodies had ‘clarified’ the common path to restart the top three tiers in Italy.

“We talked about things of an economic nature,” he told Tuttomercatoweb. “Then we clarified the ideas on the restart of Serie A, B and C.

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Thursday June 4 2020
Medic fears injuries in 'the new reality'

Giacomo Zanon, head of the Sports Traumatology Unit at the Policlinico di Pavia, fears several fatigue related injuries when Serie A resumes.

The current orthopaedic consultant at Atalanta claims the club medics will have to ‘consider’ a host of problems during the ‘new reality for everyone’ involved in the League.

“There are some problems to consider,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “First, the suspension of training. Two months at home against 20 days of active rest, traditionally foreseen during the summer break.

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Thursday June 4 2020
Nicola: 'We are professionals'

Genoa coach Davide Nicola looks forward to resuming play and expects his players to ‘work with passion’ as he vows to ‘have no excuse and no worries’.

The Rossoblu have started to prepare for their first game after the break, when they host Parma on June 23.

Nicola has warned fans that the players must adapt to the new conditions and points at the German Bundesliga, appearing to have slowed down their usual pace in the ‘initial phase’ of the return to football.

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Wednesday June 3 2020
Govt open to fans in stadiums

Undersecretary for Health Alessandro Zampa confirms the Italian Government could let fans in by the end of this Serie A season. ‘We’ll evaluate the pandemic curve.’

The number of deaths and new COVID-19 cases are dropping steadily and Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte this evening held a press conference confirming the transition into Phase Three of the pandemic response.

With cinemas and theatres reopening soon with social distancing, clubs are asking why stadiums should not be given the same treatment.

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Wednesday June 3 2020
Agents: 'Players can refuse after June 30'

The Presidents of the Agents’ Association warns that the issue of contracts has not been resolved in an expanded season. ‘Any player out of contract can refuse to play after June 30.’

As football was locked down for almost three months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2019-20 season won’t end until at least August.

This is a problem for players whose contracts expire on June 30, whether they are on loan or have already agreed to join another club after that date.

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Wednesday June 3 2020
Dr. Nanni: 'Reopen stadiums'

Dr. Gianni Nanni, coordinator of the Serie A medics, has claimed the League should ‘reopen the stadiums’ when football resumes.

Yesterday, the Undersecretary for the Ministry of Health Sandra Zampa revealed she would fight to help football resume with fans in the stands.

The Bologna medic, who also operates as the coordinator of the Serie A doctors, sides with the politician, and claims the stadiums should reopen with the rest of the country.

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Tuesday June 2 2020
FIGC medic: 'Could cut COVID-19 quarantine'

A virologist and member of the FIGC medical commission confirms ‘the rule could change’ regarding a 14-day quarantine, as COVID-19 is ‘weaker’ in Italy now.

The medical protocol for Serie A’s resumption from June 20 had to include an automatic 14-day isolation period for the entire squad in case of a positive coronavirus test, not just the person who caught the disease.

There are the very real fears that with this rule in place, one positive test among players or staff could bring the entire tournament to a halt.

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