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Sunday April 12 2020
Vialli: 'Illness not a battle, but a journey'

Gianluca Vialli describes cancer as “not a battle, but a journey, it helps you become who you are,” but the COVID-19 pandemic will “leave enormous scars on the country, emotional, moral and economic scars.”

The former Sampdoria, Juventus and Chelsea striker is more at risk than most from the coronavirus pandemic, as he has been dealing with cancer for almost two years.

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Sunday April 12 2020
De Zerbi: 'Five subs to ease crisis'

Sassuolo coach Roberto De Zerbi suggests Serie A teams split into two and that five substitutions are allowed if they are to play every three days.

The campaign has been shut down for over a month and training won’t be allowed to resume until at least May 4, as Italy continues to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

It’s reported the season could resume from May 31 and end by July 12, but that would mean playing twice a week and putting a huge strain on the squad.

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Sunday April 12 2020
Serie A season could end by July 15

With training expected to resume on May 4, Serie A should start playing games on May 31 and finish by July 12, leaving the Champions League and Europa League until later, it’s reported.

The lockdown order in Italy was extended to May 3, as while new cases and intensive care admissions continue to drop, the death rate remains relatively steady at 550-600 every day.

It seems increasingly likely that players will be allowed to train from May 4, split into different groups to allow for social distancing.

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Sunday April 12 2020
Del Piero: 'Football has to change'

Alessandro Del Piero warns Serie A is going into “uncharted territory” after the lockdown, but it can be a catalyst for much-needed change in the way football clubs are run. “We cannot hide anymore.”

The World Cup winner is now living in Los Angeles, but naturally keeping a close eye on the situation back home.

“We are all experiencing something that will change us forever,” Del Piero told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

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Saturday April 11 2020
Udinese deliver groceries to fans

Udinese are organising logistics to bring groceries, medicine and other essential items to the homes of their older season ticket holders during the lockdown.

The Friuli club announced the initiative, which will see them contribute to help fans aged over 65.

As they are at risk groups, it is even more important that they maintain social distancing guidelines and limit leaving their houses.

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Saturday April 11 2020
Coronavirus deaths and recoveries rise

There were 619 deaths in Italy from people testing positive for coronavirus over the last 24 hours, but a further 2,079 were given the all-clear.

The death toll in the country has now reached 19,468 out of a total 152,271 total cases.

The number of people who have made a full recovery continues to rise, with another 2,079 patients given the all-clear since Friday.

Intensive care unit beds continue to be freed up, with 116 more available since yesterday, easing the pressure off the healthcare system.

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Saturday April 11 2020
Diaconale: 'Anti-Lazio media in unison'

Director of communications Arturo Diaconale claims “the media move in unison to criticise Lazio and President Claudio Lotito. There is an anti-Lazio conformity.”

The Aquile have been the most vocal in trying to resume training even as the coronavirus pandemic continues, prompting the Government to issue a decree with a clause specifically banning professional sports as part of the lockdown measures until May 3.

However, Diaconale continues to insist he is protecting Lazio’s interests in the Scudetto race.

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Saturday April 11 2020
Pordenone President has COVID-19

Mauro Lovisa, President of Serie B promotion candidates Pordenone, confirmed he is suffering from coronavirus. “I am better, but not yet recovered.”

The businessman has been at the helm of this club for over a decade, but this is their first ever Serie B season and they are among the favourites for promotion via the play-offs.

“Considering the wave of messages that I received after this report that I am positive for COVID-19, I want to make an official announcement,” wrote President Lovisa on the Pordenone website.

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Saturday April 11 2020
Gomez: 'Playing in July is difficult'

Atalanta captain Papu Gomez describes the difficulties of training in lockdown, resuming the Serie A season and working on a charity project “involving players all over the world.”

The city of Bergamo has been the hardest hit in Europe by the coronavirus pandemic, so Gomez has been watching it all unfold from his home.

The curve has flattened now in Italy and plans are afoot to restart training from May 4, with games perhaps on May 31.

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Saturday April 11 2020
Serie A back on May 31?

It is increasingly likely that Serie A teams can resume training from May 4, playing on May 31 and ending the season by at most August 3.

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte ordered an extension of the lockdown order throughout Italy until May 3, as although the curve has flattened, there are still on average 550 deaths per day.

Some businesses are slowly being allowed to re-open during this period, including bookstores and some factories who can guarantee social distancing.

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