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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