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Mario Draghi, Italian Prime Minister, opened talks with the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) to study measures to contain the important Increase in COVID-19 infections in Calcium registered in recent weeks, which may lead to closure of stadiums to the public or even suspension of Serie A.
Italy has seen the number of infections rise vertically in recent weeks, with 220,000 cases registered on Thursday and 108,000 on Friday, and in Serie A they have been detected more than 90 positives in the last week.
Draghi contacted this Friday Gabriele Gravina, president of the FIGC, to express concern about the situation and consider measures to limit infections, something that will be done in more detail next Wednesday at a summit between the Government and the football Federation.
The conversation proceeded calmly, with both parties willing to analyze solutions, the Italian media assure this Saturday. To play behind closed doors again, after a 50% capacity was allowed on the last day, is one of the most likely options, according to the sources mentioned.
The will of FIGC and Serie A is to continue competing to avoid accumulating delay in the development of the league championship, which reached the twentieth of the 38 scheduled days and that It should end on May 22nd.
In this sense, the Serie A League recently published a new health protocol that allows clubs to dispute their commitments if they have a minimum of thirteen footballers available.
“Football does not close”, headlines this Saturday the newspaper The Gazzetta dello Sport, although it recognizes on its cover that “there is a risk of playing behind closed doors.” Too Corriere dello Sport y Tuttosport, the other major Italian sports newspapers, exclude the possibility that Serie A is suspended.
The twentieth day, played on January 6, saw the postponement of four of the ten games given the high number of infections registered in some clubs: Bolonia-Inter, Salernitana-Venecia, Atalanta-Turin and Fiorentina-Udinese.
The twenty-first day, scheduled this Sunday, will also have a reduced programWell, at least three games They cannot be disputed due to COVID-19.
Serie B (Second Division) was suspended on December 23 until at least January 15 in an attempt to contain cases of contagion. The days scheduled for December 26 and 29.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.