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Saturday May 16 2020
Udinese free from coronavirus

Udinese announced that after a full swab and blood test screening, all their players and staff are free from COVID-19.

As part of the medical protocol, before they can return to group training on Monday, everyone at each Serie A club must undergo a series of tests.

These include double swabs of the nose and throat several days apart, plus a blood test to identify antibodies.

A statement released by Udinese this evening confirmed that after Wednesday’s screening, all their players and members of staff came up negative for coronavirus.

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Saturday May 16 2020
Okaka: 'There's a project at Udinese'

Stefano Okaka looks back over his favourite goals and explains he chose Udinese for ‘the project’ he could see taking shape here.

The 30-year-old striker answered questions from youth team players via Zoom in the club’s Smart Academy series.

“I scored many beautiful goals in my career, fortunately,” said Okaka. “I remember two in particular, both back-heel flicks: one during Roma-Siena in stoppages, the other for Watford against Everton.

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Saturday May 16 2020
Coronavirus deaths and cases falling fast

There were 153 deaths related to coronavirus in Italy yesterday, 39 of them in Lombardy, as the active cases continue to plummet.

The lockdown is easing in the Peninsula after weeks of positive trends when it comes to deaths, ICU admissions and new infections.

Today’s statistics show there were 153 deaths over the last 24 hours, 39 of which were centred in the hotspot of Lombardy.

That figure of 39 is the lowest number of daily deaths in the Lombardy region for two months.

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Saturday May 16 2020
Sassuolo: 'Serie A risks going under'

Sassuolo director Giovanni Carnevali insists many clubs ‘risk bankruptcy’ if the season doesn’t come to a natural conclusion. ‘We all have to focus on ensuring Serie A doesn’t go under.’

Just 24 hours after the medical protocol was agreed between the Government and the FIGC, on Thursday the Lega Serie A and Players’ Association demanded fundamental changes.

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Saturday May 16 2020
Ceferin: 'Consequences if leagues don't finish'

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin warns clubs face ‘preliminary rounds’ if they don’t complete their domestic seasons, pointing Serie A and the Premier League towards the Bundesliga safety protocol.

Football is back as of this afternoon, with the Bundesliga firing up again after the lockdown, but France, Holland and Belgium already shut down, with Italy, England and to a lesser extent Spain still arguing over how to resume safely.

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Friday May 15 2020
Serie A revised protocol

The meeting between the FIGC, Lega Serie A and the medics has been concluded and the assembly revised three points in the health protocol. 

Sky Sport Italia reports that the quarantine measure in case of a positive test, the retreat and the responsibility of the medics has been studied and deemed not good for the clubs in Serie A.

Last night, chaos erupted around the proposed protocol for the provisional restart on June 13 and the group training allowed from Monday.

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Friday May 15 2020
Serie A: New summit today

Today, a new summit between the Lega, FIGC and the Italian government has been arranged to discuss the clubs’ requests for the resumption of Serie A.

Last night, chaos erupted around the proposed protocol for the provisional restart on June 13 and the group training allowed from Monday.

Reports in Italy suggested a ‘showdown’ against the protocol was initiated by the clubs, who have contested the forced retreat of 15 days upon resumption of collective training.

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Friday May 15 2020
Football Italia calcio quiz - Serie A 2005-06

Think you know your Capocannoniere from your catenaccio? Test your Serie A knowledge with Football Italia’s calcio quiz, 2005-06 edition!

The 2005-06 Serie A season will ultimately be remembered for one thing: Calciopoli. The investigation exposed a web of contacts and undue influence, with Juventus general manager Luciano Moggi sitting at the centre of it.

Calciopoli only came to light in May 2006, at a time when Juve should have been celebrating the Scudetto. Instead they were relegated to Serie B and had two titles stripped from their record, with the fallout from that decision still causing controversy today.

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Thursday May 14 2020
Lega Serie A: 'Need shared protocol'

The Lega Serie A confirmed it will meet with the FIGC, tomorrow to discuss ‘reaching a shared protocol’ with the Government, otherwise training won’t resume.

Group training was given the all-clear from May 18 after the FIGC (Italian Football Federation) accepted the requested changes to the medical protocol.

Serie A then set a provisional date to resume the games from June 13.

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Thursday May 14 2020
Serie A clubs on strike against protocol

At least nine Serie A clubs – including Inter, Milan and Napoli – are refusing to go into a lengthy training retreat from Monday until the medical protocol is changed.

Multiple reports including Sky Sport Italia, La Repubblica and more, all claim this evening that Serie A teams, the Players' Association and Agents' Association are rebelling against the protocol that was agreed between the FIGC and the Government this week.

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