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Wednesday June 3 2020
Govt open to fans in stadiums

Undersecretary for Health Alessandro Zampa confirms the Italian Government could let fans in by the end of this Serie A season. ‘We’ll evaluate the pandemic curve.’

The number of deaths and new COVID-19 cases are dropping steadily and Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte this evening held a press conference confirming the transition into Phase Three of the pandemic response.

With cinemas and theatres reopening soon with social distancing, clubs are asking why stadiums should not be given the same treatment.

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Wednesday June 3 2020
Agents: 'Players can refuse after June 30'

The Presidents of the Agents’ Association warns that the issue of contracts has not been resolved in an expanded season. ‘Any player out of contract can refuse to play after June 30.’

As football was locked down for almost three months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2019-20 season won’t end until at least August.

This is a problem for players whose contracts expire on June 30, whether they are on loan or have already agreed to join another club after that date.

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Wednesday June 3 2020
Dr. Nanni: 'Reopen stadiums'

Dr. Gianni Nanni, coordinator of the Serie A medics, has claimed the League should ‘reopen the stadiums’ when football resumes.

Yesterday, the Undersecretary for the Ministry of Health Sandra Zampa revealed she would fight to help football resume with fans in the stands.

The Bologna medic, who also operates as the coordinator of the Serie A doctors, sides with the politician, and claims the stadiums should reopen with the rest of the country.

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NEWS
Wednesday June 3 2020
Handanovic set for Coppa Italia return

Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic should be fit to return against Napoli in the Coppa Italia, aiming to end his trophy drought in the Nerazzurri shirt.

La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that the Slovenia international has recovered fully from his injury setback and will return between the sticks when football resumes.

Inter struggled to cope without the 35-year-old, as Daniele Padelli didn’t manage to convince during his six games in goal this term.

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NEWS
Tuesday June 2 2020
FIGC medic: 'Could cut COVID-19 quarantine'

A virologist and member of the FIGC medical commission confirms ‘the rule could change’ regarding a 14-day quarantine, as COVID-19 is ‘weaker’ in Italy now.

The medical protocol for Serie A’s resumption from June 20 had to include an automatic 14-day isolation period for the entire squad in case of a positive coronavirus test, not just the person who caught the disease.

There are the very real fears that with this rule in place, one positive test among players or staff could bring the entire tournament to a halt.

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Tuesday June 2 2020
Chief medic: 'Quarantine must be halved'

Chief football medic Professor Enrico Castellacci has claimed the quarantine period must be halved and is against opening the stadiums for fans.

Serie A resumes from June 20 and the former National team doctor has claimed it was only right to let football have the same possibilities as the rest of society.

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Tuesday June 2 2020
Zampa wants fans in the stands

Undersecretary for the Ministry of Health Sandra Zampa has given football fans hope ahead of the resumption: “I will be the spokeswoman to reopen stadiums.”

Serie A has confirmed the dates and football will run from June 20 to August 2, and now the Undersecretary for the Ministry of Health has claimed she will ‘raise the question’ about fans in stadiums and ‘resume with a veil of hope’.

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NEWS
Monday June 1 2020
Serie A unveils new fixture list

Serie A has unveiled the fixture list for the season’s restart, with three kick-off times and Juventus-Lazio on the night of Monday July 20.

Games will be played at 16:15, 18:30 and 20:45 after clubs rallied against the prospect of playing in the afternoon.

There are also only five days without matches between June 20 and July 23 - June 25, June 29, July 3, July 10 and July 17.

Torino and Parma resume the campaign on Saturday June 20, followed by Verona-Cagliari later that evening.

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Monday June 1 2020
Football Italia calcio quiz - Serie A 2006-07

Think you know your Capocannoniere from your catenaccio? Test your Italian football knowledge with Football Italia’s calcio quiz, Serie A 2006-07 edition!

The 2006-07 Serie A season began in the shadow of two seismic events in Italia football – the Calciopoli affair that relegated Juventus to Serie B for the first time, and the national team’s stunning World Cup 2006 success.

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Sunday May 31 2020
Serie A back on June 19?

According to Sky Sport Italia, the first Serie A game back will be Torino-Parma on June 19, with Atalanta-Sassuolo and Inter-Sampdoria on June 20.

The dates and kick-off times will be finalised tomorrow, but we do know the restart will take off with the outstanding Week 25 games.

This means when the fixtures do get into full swing, everyone will be on a level playing field.

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