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Saturday May 9 2020
Over 103,000 recovered from COVID-19

There were 194 deaths related to coronavirus in Italy over the last 24 hours, 85 of them in Lombardy, but over 103,000 people have made a full recovery.

The pandemic continues its downward trajectory with more reassuring numbers released today.

There were 194 deaths, reaching a total 30,395 since the crisis began on February 20.

Lombardy remains the epicentre, as 85 of those 194 deaths were in the region.

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Saturday May 9 2020
Spadafora: 'Positive players don't bode well'

Minister for Sport Vincenzo Spadafora is again pouring cold water over Serie A enthusiasm for resuming the season. ‘News of infected players does not bode well.’

Most of the top flight squads returned to individual training this week in Italy, while the Undersecretary for the Ministry of Health Sandra Zampa said they are “moving towards a solution for full group training and, if after May 18 the pandemic continues a downward trend, can evaluate reopening the tournament.”

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Saturday May 9 2020
Serie A to get all-clear for training

The Government is today expected to give the all-clear for Serie A group training from May 18 after agreeing the medical protocol, so the season could resume in early June.

Multiple sources claim the changes to the medical protocol managed to convince the scientific committee that players could get back to training in relative safety during the coronavirus pandemic.

Italy eased lockdown measures this week and most top flight squads returned to their training grounds, albeit only running while keeping social distancing.

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Friday May 8 2020
Football Italia calcio quiz - Serie A 1997-98

Think you know your Capocannoniere from your catenaccio? Test your Serie A knowledge with Football Italia’s calcio quiz, 1997-98 edition!

1997-98 was the year Ronaldo came to Serie A – but the Brazil star couldn’t bring the Scudetto to San Siro. Instead, after a titanic battle with Inter, it was Juventus celebrating.

The Old Lady and the Nerazzurri went toe-to-toe for the duration of the season but arguably the pivotal moment came in April, when Juve beat their Milanese rivals in a game so controversial it led to a debate – and a scuffle – in the Chamber of Deputies. It wasn’t the first or last title race to go down in infamy.

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Thursday May 7 2020
Sampdoria find four coronavirus cases

Sampdoria announce that three new COVID-19 cases have been found in their squad, along with one player who had been negative and returned to being positive.

The entire squad and staff were subjected to swabs before a return to training, but these flagged up several more figures who contracted the virus.

“UC Sampdoria inform that, during the tests performed on the players, results emerged that showed three new positive cases for Coronavirus-COVID-19 and one return to positivity.

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Thursday May 7 2020
Fiorentina register six new COVID-19 cases

Fiorentina announce they have found six new COVID-19 cases, three of them players and three staff, after the first round of medical tests.

All the Serie A clubs are performing swab tests before the return to training, in order to be sure they are all clear of coronavirus before setting foot in the facilities.

With a statement released this evening, Fiorentina announced they have “identified three athletes and three members of staff who are positive for COVID-19.”

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Thursday May 7 2020
Serie A medical protocol still up in the air

The Government will have to make a decision on the medical protocol and letting Serie A resume, as the scientific committee is still not convinced by the changes.

The first version of the protocol had been rejected by the Government’s scientific committee, as it was considered ‘insufficient’ to ensure safety after the coronavirus pandemic.

Adjustments were made and players returned to training with social distancing guidelines this week.

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Thursday May 7 2020
Coronavirus active cases plummet

There were 274 deaths related to COVID-19 over the last 24 hours in Italy, but another 3,031 were given the all-clear, with a drop of 1,904 in active cases.

The pandemic continues to slow in Italy, as the lockdown was able to contain the spread to just a few regions in the north of the country.

Today’s figures show 274 deaths registered since yesterday, taking the total death toll to 29,958.

The positive news is that the number of people told they have overcome the virus grew by another 3,031.

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Wednesday May 6 2020
Rizzoli: 'FIFA to grant five subs'

Refereeing designator Nicola Rizzoli explains how football and officiating will change after the coronavirus pandemic. ‘I think FIFA intend to allow five substitutions.’

The medical protocol for a return to group training will be discussed tomorrow, so if the Serie A season does resume, things won’t quite be the same.

“We need to behave differently, including when it comes to social distancing, to avoid risks,” Rizzoli told Sky Sport Italia.

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Wednesday May 6 2020
Tomorrow decisive for medical protocol

Tomorrow’s meeting with the Government will decide whether the Serie A season resumes or ends here, said one of the men who wrote the medical protocol.

The first version of the medical protocol was rejected by the Government’s scientific committee for being ‘insufficient’ and a new draft will be judged on Thursday.

If the protocol is accepted, then that opens the doors for Serie A to resume the 2019-20 season after two months of COVID-19 shut-down.

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