Milan – The Italian league insisted Monday that it was committed to finishing the season despite reports seven clubs are against a return to action as the coronavirus pandemic continues to hammer the country.
"The Lega Serie A Council that met today unanimously confirmed its intention to complete the 2019-2020 season, if the government allows it to take place," Italy's top flight said in a statement
It added that any resumption will take place "in accordance with regulations laid out by FIFA and UEFA" and the Italian Football Federation (FIGC), and "in compliance with medical protocols to protect the players".
Brescia, Torino, Sampdoria, Udinese, SPAL, Genoa and Sardinian outfit Cagliari do not want to play because of the "incalculable risk" of restarting, according to reports in Italy.
Six of those clubs are situated in the northern region of the country, which has been hit hardest by a virus that has killed over 24,000 people.
No soccer has been played in Italy since March 9 and the country's current lockdown measures have been extended to May 3.
Sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora will meet with FIGC officials his week, but warned he was not sure that Serie A teams can even resume training.
"I am not giving any assurances for the start of the championship or training on May 4, if the conditions for the country do not exist beforehand," Spadafora told Tg2 Post.
"Sport is not just football and it is not only Serie A," he added. "I will evaluate very carefully, but this must not create the illusion that resuming training means resuming the championship."
Meanwhile, Torino's team doctor Rodolfo Tavana, who held the position of the Serie A's representative on the FIGC's medical commission, resigned on Monday. Tavana was appointed to the commission to help formulate the protocol for the resumption of soccer.
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