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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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Friday May 22 2020
Lazio insist on Suarez

Lazio reportedly insist on Watford loanee Luis Suarez but could be stopped by his €20m price tag at Vicarage Road.

The Colombian forward has starred at Real Zaragoza this term and has hit 17 goals in 29 games in the Segunda Division and Corriere della Roma claims the Biancocelesti won’t give up on signing the 22-year-old this summer.

The report claims Simone Inzaghi has targeted Suarez, as he wants to reinforce and add options in attack, as the Aquile seem set for a season in the Champions League next year.

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Friday May 22 2020
Serie A: Match protocol by May 28

The Lega Serie A and the Italian Sports Medical Federation pass on the medical protocol for the resumptions of matches to the FIGC, who will evaluate and send to the Government by May 28.

Corriere della Sera claims the FIGC will study an initial protocol, different from the group training protocol, made by FMSI and the Lega, before delivering it to the Government by Thursday next week.

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Thursday May 21 2020
Players' Association on 'unacceptable' ruling

The Italian Players’ Association released a statement warning they will not stand for the financial incentives that could allow clubs to avoid paying their employees.

The FIGC passed down a series of rulings yesterday, including ways of helping Serie A, B and C clubs to get through the financial difficulty of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Thursday May 21 2020
Ref protests banned during COVID-19 crisis

The protocol for Serie A matches during the COVID-19 pandemic is being finalised, including rules on catering, media, placing substitutes in the stands and banning protests to the referee.

Although the medical protocol for group training was agreed this week, a more complex version still has to be set in stone for games to be played from June 13 or 20.

According to the draft printed in Il Tempo newspaper, it is 36 pages long and covers every conceivable detail.

Naturally, mascots and handshakes are banned, so is the group photograph before kick-off.

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