Sandra Zampa, a representative of the Ministry of Health confirms that there is a ‘possibility’ of allowing some fans back to Series A stadiums by mid-July.
“I think that studying the method and form, that is a possibility in July,” Undersecretary for the Ministry of Health Sandra Zampa told.
Calcio is back with the Coppa Italia semi-finals this evening because there will be Napoli-Inter tomorrow night after Juventus-Milan, with Serie A due back on June 20th.
All of these games will be behind closed doors, but as the pandemic figures continue to ease and Italy moves into Phase Three of the response, it is hoped that fans will soon be able to get back in with social distance rules.
“It all depends on social distancing and a temperature check. I will just say that, as we all know, from June we’ll have the reopening of theatres and open-air cinemas, maintaining distances. We’d need the fans to take on the responsibility and the clubs to really check that social distancing guidelines are being followed in stadiums.
“An embrace after a goal would be putting people’s health at risk and cannot be allowed. If we want something and are prepared to take responsibility for our actions to make it happen, then it’s entirely possible.
“We need a study to quantify how many fans are allowed in, how to ensure the social distancing and create a simulation before giving the all-clear.”
He even entertains the possibility of reducing players’ quarantine. News agency Adnkronos also suggests that the CTS (technical scientific committee) is ready to accept a loosening of the quarantine rules for football players.
Clubs are asking Italy to follow the pattern set by Germany, Spain, England and others, who will only quarantine the person who tested positive and then ramp up testing on the others.
“All signs point to it being abolished, so only the player who is infected will be isolated,” added Renzo Ulivieri, President of the Italian Coaches’ Association.
As of now, a single positive test would cause the entire group to be separated for 14 days in a training retreat.