Football news: Serie A could be postponed during January due to the massive rise in coronavirus infections. The Omicron variant forced the suspension of many parties and the Federations coordinate with the Government of Italy to find a solution.
Mario Draghi, Prime Minister of Italy, spoke with the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) with the aim of studying measures to contain the significant increase in coronavirus infections in the ‘calcium’.
On January 6, during matchday 20, four of the ten games were suspended due to the high number of infections registered in some clubs: Bologna-Inter, Salernitana-Venezia, Atalanta-Torino and Fiorentina-Udinese.
Italy ?? Boom ? Serie A Soccer, Lazio vs Empoli. When reminded over the loudspeaker to Adhere to Covid Safe Rules, the whole stadium remove their Masks in unison ?? pic.twitter.com/OHpbAaTzBr
— ????????????? (@risemelbourne) January 8, 2022
The 21st, scheduled for this Sunday, will also have a reduced program: at least three games cannot be played due to the coronavirus.
Meanwhile, action was taken for Serie B: it was suspended on December 23 until at least January 15 to contain cases of coronavirus. The scheduled sessions were postponed on December 26 and 29.
Only 5000 spectators allowed at stadiums in Serie A for matches scheduled to be played on the 16th & 23rd of January.
Essentially for the next two coming match days (not this weekend) in the Serie A. This is due to high spread of Covid-19 which authorities hope to slow down. https://t.co/UdIlwRyncw
— Nima Tavallaey Roodsari (@NimaTavRood) January 8, 2022
Italy has seen the number of infections rise in recent weeks: 220,000 cases on Thursday and 108,000 on Friday. In Series A, more than 90 positives have been detected in the last week.
Draghi contacted the FIGC president, Gabriele Gravina, on Friday and they will meet next Wednesday at a summit between the Government and the football Federation.
? Lega Serie A have called for an emergency meeting today to evaluate possible new measures amid the rising COVID-19 situation pic.twitter.com/0IFTeRv5XP
— Milan Eye (@MilanEye) January 8, 2022
Both parties are willing to analyze solutions, the Italian media said this Saturday. After a 50% capacity was allowed on the last day, playing again without an audience is one of the most likely options.
The will of FIGC and the Serie A League is to continue competing to avoid accumulating delay in the development of the league championship, which must end on May 22.
? The first return round of Serie A, scheduled to take place on Thursday, is at risk of being postponed as more than 50 COVID-19 cases have so far been recorded among Serie A players
— Milan Eye (@MilanEye) January 2, 2022
In this sense, Serie A recently published a new health protocol that allows clubs to dispute their commitments if they have a minimum of thirteen footballers at their disposal.
“Football does not close”, headlines this Saturday the newspaper ‘La Gazzetta dello Sport’, although it recognizes on its cover that “there is a risk of playing behind closed doors.”
Also ‘Corriere dello Sport’ and ‘Tuttosport’, the other great Italian sports newspapers, exclude the possibility that Serie A is suspended, but we will see what happens with the presence of the Omicron variant.
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