Serie A gets things moving, Football News & Top Stories
May 06 2020
US Sassuolo Calcio has become the first club of Serie A to announce the resumption of its training activities amid the coronavirus pandemic that has brought all the sporting activities across the globe at halt.
Italy had suspended the league campaign on March 9 as a part of the nationwide lockdown to combat the threat of the novel virus.
Italy's government will allow running in open spaces from May 4 while athletes in individual sports such as tennis will be allowed to return to their training facilities.
The government has given professional teams permission to train together from 18 May, although they will still have to respect social distancing guidelines.
Minister for Sport Vincenzo Spadafora has bowed to pressure from the regional assemblies and asked for players to be allowed individual training in their centres.
The individual sessions will take place from Monday to Friday, with 6 athletes divided into three fields per hour (one athlete for each half of the field).
The club said that only players would be allowed to access the pitches, while the use of indoor facilities would be prohibited.
However, Spal, who originate from the same northern region - the third worst-hit by the crisis - have decided against a return to restricted training, opting to wait for the Italian government to come to a consensus on health protocol.
In a televised address to the nation, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte had earlier laid down the ground rules for resumption of football in the country.
"I'm passionate for football".
Other Serie A groups had been anticipated to resume training over the course of the week.
On Thursday, Spadafora appeared to soften his stance, saying that, provided the government, Serie A, players' union and FIGC could agree, "training will resume and this will have a positive impact on possibly resuming the season".
Teams such as Napoli and Parma have followed the lead of Lazio - trailing leaders Juventus by just a point - and gave the nod for players to return.