Italy have most COVID-19 death in the world; AIC respond to notion of cut to players’ salaries

By Oliver Fisher -

 

Italy now have the highest death toll of any country in the world from the COVID-19 pandemic, as confirmed by the latest batch of figures.

As every day, the civil protection issues the national bulletin concerning the Coronavirus emergency. Here is the data provided on Thursday afternoon, via MilanNews

• Current cases: 33,190 (+4,480)
• Dead: 3,405 (+427)
• Recovered: 4,440 (+415)
• In Intensive Care: 2,498 (+241)

Total cases: 41,035 (+5,322, + 14.9%)

With this update, Italy’s death toll from the outbreak has become the highest in the world, surpassing even China who continue to have better luck in fighting against the outbreak.

Meanwhile, the AIC (Associazione Italiana Calciatori or Italian Footballers’ Association) has responded to the notion that players may have to take a salary cut in order to help clubs cut costs during the pandemic.

President Damiano Tommasi spoke first, stating: “The issue of the sustainability of football during and after this global crisis is obviously of extreme interest to all those who live in this system, including players.

“We need to evaluate all the elements of the moment: loss of revenue, postponement of competitions, cancellation of events, government contributions, federal aid, support from international institutions. All these elements will tell us what the role of the players will be.”

Vice-President Calcagno also spoke to TuttoC.com and echoes the words of Tommasi by stressing the need for reflection.

“It is premature to speak of salaries: for now with the various components, from A to Lega Pro, we are discussing the damage that will occur within our system,” he said (via MilanNews).

“Only after having quantified them can decisions be made. For this reason, cutting wages is not a topic on the agenda. Today at the first point there is the Coronavirus emergency. There is talk of slippery training, when to resume and how to implement it.”

 

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