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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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Thursday May 7 2020
Torino looking at Giampaolo

Torino are looking to Marco Giampaolo or Leonardo Semplici to be their coach next season, with Moreno Longo unlikely to remain.

Longo was only brought in on February 4 to replace Walter Mazzarri, but lost all three matches in charge before the shutdown.

According to Tuttosport, the new favourite to lead the way next term is former Milan coach Giampaolo.

He was fired just seven matches into the current campaign, so has been out of work since October 8.

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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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Wednesday May 6 2020
Lazio medic: 'Risks are exaggerated'

Lazio chief medic Ivo Pulcini insists the fears over resuming Serie A during the coronavirus pandemic are ‘totally exaggerated.’

The lockdown measures were eased this week with Italy moving into Phase Two, but the medical protocol for training in groups or even playing games will be evaluated tomorrow.

“I am absolutely in favour of resuming the season, especially after I examined the players,” Lazio medic Pulcini told Sport Mediaset.

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Wednesday May 6 2020
Torino player has coronavirus

Torino announced the first run of medical tests found an unnamed player has tested positive for COVID-19 and has been placed in quarantine.

Serie A sides have this week been allowed to resume individual training, while maintaining social distancing measures.

Before opening up the gates, they are testing all the players and staff with both swabs and blood tests.

It was during the initial screening that Torino found one of their players tested positive for COVID-19.

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Wednesday May 6 2020
Lotti: 'Football is a huge industry'

Former Minister for Sport Luca Lotti attacks Vincenzo Spadafora for keeping the football world dangling. ‘This is an enormous industry and finances all other sport.’

Current Minister for Sport Spadafora has infuriated many clubs with his refusal to set a date for the return of Serie A, or indeed even confirm whether the season will be allowed to continue.

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