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Monday May 25 2020
Happy birthday, Daniel Passarella!

Today is the 67th birthday of the great, goalscoring centre-back Daniel Passarella, who starred for both Fiorentina and Inter.

During his four-year stint at Fiorentina, the two-time World Cup winner with Argentina scored a sensational 35 goals in 139 games for the Viola.

That included 15 across all competitions in 1985-86, when he helped the Tuscans qualify for European competition.

His 11 goals in Serie A earned him a move to Inter, four years after coming to Italy from River Plate in 1982, and he went on make 73 appearances for the Nerazzurri.

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Monday May 25 2020
'Inter stronger with Cavani & Werner'

Pirelli chief Marco Tronchetti has advised Inter to bring in both Edinson Cavani and Timo Werner if Lautaro Martinez leaves for Barcelona.

The two forwards have been increasingly linked with Inter in recent weeks, although it appeared the Nerazzurri were treating the pair as separate targets.

Nonetheless, Tronchetti urged the club to pursue both strikers and Antonio Conte to make better use of Christian Eriksen.

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Monday May 25 2020
Rizzoli: 'Referees can discuss one-on-one'

Refereeing designator Nicola Rizzoli has claimed the players can confront the referees with a ‘quiet dialogue between two people’ when Serie A resumes.

The referees will still be allowed to explain their decisions to the players under the new protocol but Rizzioli points out that it must be done with caution.

“You can have a quiet dialogue with respect for the referee,” he told SportMediaset. “Therefore, a confrontation between two people, not one against four. Respect starts with distance.”

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Monday May 25 2020
Spalletti: 'I want to return'

Luciano Spalletti seems set for a return to football and insists he’s ‘ready to get back on the bench’, prepared to free himself from the contract with Inter.

The former Nerazzurri and Roma tactician has been linked with Newcastle in recent weeks and Sky Sport Italia has claimed Spalletti, who was replaced by Antonio Conte at San Siro last summer, has been taking English lessons.

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Sunday May 24 2020
Tommasi raises contract issue

Players’ Association President Damiano Tommasi insists the only way they can move through the issue of contracts expiring is ‘with a gentleman’s agreement.’

The season is extended to at least August because of the two-month lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic, but contracts still expire on June 30.

“It’s impossible to get a legal extension,” AIC President Tommasi told Sky Sport Italia.

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Sunday May 24 2020
Players rule out 16.30 kick-off

The Players’ Association warned the idea of playing Serie A games at 16.30 local time in the peak of summer is ‘out of the question.’

There had been suggestions the fixtures would be spread out through three kick-off times, at 16.30, 18.45 and 21.00.

However, in the medical protocol presented to the Minister for Sport today, there was no sign of the earlier match slot.

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Sunday May 24 2020
Erkin: 'De Boer ruined my career'

Former Inter player Caner Erkin has blasted coach Frank de Boer for being ‘totally disrespectful and transforming my career with his attitude.’

Now 31, left-back Erkin joined Inter as a free agent in July 2016 and was immediately shipped out on loan to Besiktas in August, never making a single appearance for the club.

“I thought that this was going to be the big career step, that I could play regularly, win trophies and gain the affection of the Inter fans,” Erkin told FCInterNews.it.

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Sunday May 24 2020
Spadafora: 'Serie A June 13 or 20'

Minister for Sport Vincenzo Spadafora confirms Serie A could resume ‘on June 13 or 20,’ while there is the possibility of showing games free to air on television.

Italy is already well into Phase Two of the coronavirus pandemic response, with deaths and new cases falling daily for several weeks.

The FIGC today handed in the medical protocol for matches, just days after agreeing one on contact training, and a decision will be made on Thursday.

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Sunday May 24 2020
No early kick-offs in Serie A

According to reports, there are some changes to the medical protocol for games, such as scrapping afternoon kick-offs and keeping the door open for reducing quarantine.

The protocol for group training was agreed this week and that represented a huge step forward in restarting the Serie A season.

It remains largely unchanged for organising matches, but there are a few adjustments.

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Sunday May 24 2020
Coronavirus cases continue falling

There were only 531 new COVID-19 cases in Italy over the last 24 hours and 50 deaths, but the Lombardy figures were not included.

The pandemic continues to ease in the Peninsula, with Lombardy a distinct outlier that is pushing the overall statistics up considerably.

With just 50 deaths registered since yesterday throughout the rest of the country, that is the lowest figure since February, when the crisis began.

The total death toll since the first case on February 20 is now 32,785 (excluding today’s Lombardy statistics).

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