Football Football: Top Italian doctor against May restart for Serie A – CNA

Football: Top Italian doctor against May restart for Serie A – CNA



MILAN: A leading Italian doctor specialising in infectious diseases said on Monday (Apr 13) he would be against Serie A restarting its season next month.

Football across the country, which has recorded more than 20,000 deaths from the coronavirus pandemic, has been postponed since March 9 due to the outbreak.

According to local reports the league could begin again at the end of next month, with players returning to training on May 4.

“If I had to give a technical view, sincerely it would not be a favourable one. That being said, it will be of course for the politicians to decide,” said Giovanni Rezza, the head of infectious diseases at Italy’s National Institute of Health.

“I’ve heard certain people propose more strict observations with players tested every few days. But sincerely it seems to me a slightly far-fetched theory. And we’re almost in May already.

“It’s obvious that politics will decide. But it’s a sport that involves contact and that contact could imply a certain risk of transmission.”