FIGC president confirms intention for next round of games to be played behind closed doors

By Oliver Fisher -

FIGC president Gabriele Gravina has confirmed that the upcoming round of Serie A games this weekend will more than likely be played behind closed doors.

Four Serie A games were cancelled over the weekend because of the spread, including Inter’s home game against Sampdoria and AC Milan Women’s crucial clash against Fiorentina.

As the BBC noted on Sunday, a woman from the northern region of Lombardy became the second person in Italy to die from the virus in 24 hours, and Sky are reporting that the death toll may now be up to five after another unconfirmed ANSA report.

There has since been speculation that there will be further disruption to games as the virus continues to effect the region, with il Corriere della Sera confirming that playing games in front of no spectators is a legitimate option.

Gravina gave a press conference directly from the FIGC headquarters in Rome, giving an update on the situation, and his words were transcribed by Sky.

“We were inspired by a principle of common sense, to give great guarantee and security in terms of the certainty that we want to give to children,” he said.

“We have therefore cancelled a series of internships that had been requested by the coach Mancini and we have cancelled a series of training courses that can be carried out at a later stage.

“This morning I forwarded to Minister Speranza an official request regarding the Europa League match between Inter and Ludogorets: we are awaiting a positive response that has been announced for the game behind closed doors at San Siro on Thursday evening.

“Probably from Sunday the Serie A will be held behind closed doors,” he added. “We depend exclusively on what will be political, technical and scientific evaluations: for the moment, what emerges is a suspension provision for sporting events in some geographical areas.

“We took care to distinguish the demonstrations that can be held behind closed doors by making this request.”




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