Italian Players’ Association terms training ban as ‘illogical’


The Players’ Association of Italy has slammed The government’s decision to deny players their right to do individual training at their team facilities until 18th of May.

On Sunday, Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte had revealed plans to relax restrictions gradually in the country, allowed the Serie A players to do individual training from May 4.

According to some reports, 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, reported.

Although, team sports such as football will be banned from using their facilities until May 18.

“The AIC is perplexed and surprised by the government’s decision on resuming sport in Italy,” the statement read.

“We consider the idea discriminatory and illogical to let individual sporting disciplines enter training grounds, but not professional football – or other team sport – players to undergo individual training in the same way. This rule will, if anything, make the risk even greater rather than contain it,” quoted Italian Players’ Association statement.

“A professional athlete needs this phase of training after such a long break in order to avoid injuries and be ready to start training in groups from May 18. We don’t see how running in a sports arena built for this purpose is less dangerous than running down the street,” it further added.

Earlier, Serie A was suspended since March due to the Novel Coronavirus outbreak. Also, The league in France and Netherlands have already confirmed their 2019-20 seasons are over.


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