Sassuolo Becomes First Serie A Team To Return To Training Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

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Sassuolo has become the first Serie A team to return to training grounds amid Coronavirus pandemic.

The club has confirmed that optional individual training sessions will be allowed to take place at the Mapei Football center from May 4, but everyone will be required to follow social distancing guidelines.

“Players will only be allowed access to the pitches in compliance with rules of social distancing, while access to the Sports Center (locker rooms, gyms, offices) will be prohibited,” Sassuolo said in an official statement.

“The individual sessions, which will take place during the mornings from Monday to Friday, with the use of three fields, with six players per hour (one player for each half of the pitch), will not be attended by the technical staff, while an emergency health supervision will be guaranteed,” it added.

Earlier, all the twenty clubs in the Italian domestic football competition Serie A had voted in favour of resuming the 2019-20 season whenever possible.

The news was confirmed through a conference call but the final call on the resumption of the the league will be taken by government’s approval.

“Of course we want to play football, it would be against nature to say otherwise. Those who have a profession would always like to continue to do it if it will be possible while respecting health standards and protocols,” Goal.com had quoted Paolo Dal Pino, the Serie A president, as saying.

“We will strictly adhere to government advice, as we have always done. They can be sure of our constructive and collaborative spirit and that my harmony with the president of the FIGC Gabriele Gravina is absolute,” he added.

Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on April 26 had revealed plans to gradually relax restrictions in the country and allowed the Serie A players to do individual training from May 4.

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