Italy looking to suspend Serie A season due to COVID-19

Italy looking to suspend Serie A season due to COVID-19

As the COVID-19 infection continue to surge, with the Omicron variant on spreading across the country, the Italian Prime Minister, Mario Draghi, is considering suspending the Serie A season. Serie A clubs have reported more than 90 positive test results since the start of 2022. The plans include a full suspension of the league or playing behind closed doors. Get the latest updates about Premier League fixtures here!

In a meeting with Italian soccer federation (FIGC) president Gabriele Gravina, Draghi¬†was given the options and has invited the soccer authorities to make an autonomous decision regarding the matter, according to reports. In a statement issued after the said meeting, Serie A clubs said they were “firmly confident” that it would be likely to continue with the current season.

In late December, the Italian government already cut capacity for open-air sports events from 75% to 50%, with several matches postponed due to growing infections among players. Nearly 100 positives cases of COVID-19 have been reported among Serie A players and team staff. Italy opened the New Year with daily coronavirus cases hit a fresh record of 219,441 amid rising hospitalizations.

Last week, Inter were forced to do pre-match routine, as normal despite there being no sign of any Bologna players as the he entire team are into quarantine for 7-10 days following the rising cases, while Salernitana-Venezia were postponed following the outbreak among players and Udinese and Torino have been blocked from travelling to Fiorentina and Atalanta respectively.

Meanwhile, Serie B has already been suspended, with that break coming into place on December 23 and due to run until at least January 15. Serie A said earlier claimed that 98 per cent of its players have received two vaccinations for COVID-19, while spectators in the games must wear FFP2 masks inside stadiums.

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