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Sunday May 24 2020
Investigation into Lotito's Juve-Inter comments

The FIGC prosecutor has reportedly opened an investigation into Lazio President Claudio Lotito’s comments about the recent Juventus-Inter match.

On April 26, a month into the lockdown, Lotito spoke to La Repubblica about the Serie A season.

“I am just one point off Juventus, and that’s just because of Juve-Inter, which come on, everyone saw.”

According to Il Tempo newspaper, this phrase peaked the interest of Federal prosecutors, who want to ask Lotito precisely what he meant.

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Sunday May 24 2020
Lazio and Milan lead Gotze queue

Lazio, Milan and Roma are among the clubs lining up after Borussia Dortmund confirmed Mario Götze is leaving as a free agent.

“Mario will leave this summer,” Borussia Dortmund director general Michael Zorc told Sky Sports Deutschland on Saturday.

“It’s a decision that both sides have made after discussing the situation. Mario really is a good guy.”

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Sunday May 24 2020
On this day, in another dimension

Today was meant to be the final round of the 2019-20 Serie A season, so Martin Mork looked into the alternate dimension to predict what might’ve happened…

The 2019-20 Serie A season should have been completed this afternoon and the Scudetto would have been assigned to one of the top teams. Would it have been Juventus, Lazio or Inter? And would SPAL and Brescia have been able to climb out of the relegation zone if the season hadn’t been interrupted?

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Saturday May 23 2020
Rizzoli: 'VAR when Serie A returns'

Refereeing designator Nicola Rizzoli assures Serie A will be able to count on VAR technology when the season resumes. ‘We made enormous efforts to secure everything.’

There were concerns that social distancing guidelines would scupper the use of the Video Assistant Referee system during the coronavirus pandemic.

“We made enormous efforts to secure everything and we will be able to resume by using technology,” Rizzoli told Rai Radio 1.

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NEWS
Saturday May 23 2020
Most Serie A teams start group training

Now that the medical protocol has been approved, most Serie A teams are already training in groups, but some are still keeping social distancing until Monday.

The FIGC, Government, Lega Serie A and Players’ Association finally reached an agreement on the medical protocol for contact training this week, after several versions were rejected.

It has given them the option of working in games between ranks and reducing social distancing, but not everyone has taken that opportunity up yet.

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Saturday May 23 2020
COVID increasingly localised in Lombardy

There were 119 deaths related to COVID-19 in Italy over the last 24 hours, while 441 of the 669 new active cases are in the Lombardy region.

The curve continues to flatten after three months of the pandemic, with the first case registered on February 20.

There were 119 deaths since yesterday, 56 of them in the epicentre of Lombardy, taking the total to 32,735.

Another 2,120 people made a full recovery, while there were 669 new cases (441 of them in Lombardy), meaning the number of overall active coronavirus cases dropped by 1,570 to 57,752.

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Saturday May 23 2020
Verona: 'Kumbulla costs more than 25m'

Hellas Verona defender Marash Kumbulla will ‘cost more than €25m’ this summer, warns director Tony D’Amico.

The 20-year-old Albania international has been a revelation for Verona in his debut Serie A season, with one goal in 18 games.

He has been heavily linked with clubs including Napoli, Inter, Chelsea, Fiorentina, Manchester United, RB Leipzig, PSG, Everton, Lazio, Tottenham Hotspur and Eintracht Frankfurt for a €25m price-tag.

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Saturday May 23 2020
Borussia Dortmund: 'Gotze is leaving'

Borussia Dortmund confirm Mario Gotze ‘will leave this summer’ as a free agent, with Milan, Lazio and Roma among the clubs interested.

The Germany international turns 28 next month and his contract is also due to expire at the end of this season.

“Mario will leave this summer,” announced Borussia Dortmund director general Michael Zorc on Sky Sports Deutschland.

“It’s a decision that both sides have made after discussing the situation. Mario really is a good guy.”

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Saturday May 23 2020
Serie A prepares match protocol

The FIGC is finalising the new proposed protocol for Serie A matches, including special measures to isolate players, quick-response COVID-19 tests and potentially shorter quarantine periods.

Teams were finally able to start group training this week, as the Government agreed the medical protocol for players and staff to reduce social distancing.

The next step is to work out how they can stage games – including trips to different cities – in safety.

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Friday May 22 2020
Simoni has died at the age of 81

Former Lazio, Napoli and Inter coach Luigi Simoni died today at the age of 81.

The famous coach and former midfielder, who had been hospitalised after suffering a stroke in 2019, has died today on May 22, 2020.

Football has lost another hero in Gigi, who won the UEFA Cup with Inter in 1997-98 and experienced spells in the dugout of Napoli, Torino, Genoa, Lazio and Siena.

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