CTS gives no exception for football

The CTS has made it known that there are no intentions of lowering the two-week quarantine period for players affected by coronavirus.

The clubs were hoping for a lighter quarantine for positive players and want to bring them back to the group after two consecutive swab tests.

But the CTS has, according to Tuttomercatoweb, reiterated that there are no other alternatives and the two weeks will not be negotiable.

According to the report, the Technical and Scientific Committee has pointed out that there must not be any exceptions for football, fearing a possible new wave.

The CTS responds that the idea of a different treatment of players ‘is misleading and provocative in the reliability and scientific rigor’ of the Committee itself.

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Lega Serie A stands firm

The Lega Serie A released a statement confirming the plan of starting games from June 13 and demanding pay-per-view television companies stick to the contracts.

The 20 top flight clubs discussed the situation in a videoconference this afternoon, then released a statement that essentially confirmed everything that had been decided in the last meeting on May 13.

That means the original schedule of aiming to resume the Serie A season from June 13 remains intact.

It is very likely that the June 13 weekend will be used for the four outstanding Week 25 fixtures that were postponed in March: Atalanta-Sassuolo, Inter-Sampdoria, Torino-Parma and Verona-Cagliari.

The full season would therefore get back on track from June 20 with every team having played the same number of games.

A final decision will be made on Friday, after the Minister for Sport, FIGC and Lega Serie A have met on Thursday.

Another part of the statement covered the legal battle with Sky Sport Italia and DAZN, as the pay-per-view television companies are trying to withhold the final third of their payment to clubs because there has been no football to transmit since March 10.

However, the clubs need this money to balance the books and have largely already used it in their calculations.

The clubs remain firm in demanding Sky and DAZN stand by the agreed contracts.

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Lulic: ‘May 26 my special day’

Senad Lulic jokes that May 26 has become his ‘second birthday,’ as it marks the day he scored Lazio’s Coppa Italia Final winner against Roma in 2013.

“The more years that go by, the more I realise what that goal really meant,” Lulic told Lazio Style Channel.

“It’s a wonderful and unforgettable feeling. I receive so many messages on this day, more than on my birthday! We all know how important this date is for Lazio fans and I just wish I could reply to everyone.”

Not only did the Biancocelesti win the Coppa Italia and qualify for Europe, but they also did it by beating arch-rivals Roma at the Stadio Olimpico.

“It wasn’t just the game, but everything around it too. My wife was pregnant at the time and I remember telling her it was probably better if she didn’t watch the Final, just in case.

“I felt the tension and could see it in the eyes of the other players, from Stefano Mauri to Cristian Ledesma, who had been at Lazio for many years. If I was playing that derby today, I’d be just as tense as they were, because I now understand what it meant.”

Lulic found the net in another decisive match for Lazio in December, beating Juventus for the Italian Super Cup.

“I am truly proud to wear the Lazio armband and lift trophies to the sky for this club. I proved that the Coppa Italia goal wasn’t a fluke by scoring in another Final.”

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COVID-19 effects ‘can last for months’

The Italian Government’s technical scientific committee warns people who recovered from COVID-19 ‘could have respiratory problems for months’ afterwards.

As Serie A prepares to get back on the pitch, well over a dozen players have tested positive for coronavirus over the last few months.

They have made full recoveries, but there are still genuine concerns over their physical fitness, especially when playing at the height of summer.

“In many patients who were hospitalised or intubated, we observe after their release some respiratory problems that can go on for several months after the infection has been resolved,” CTS member Luca Richeldi told La Repubblica.

The CTS has been used to evaluate and approve the medical protocol for players to get back to training and playing games.

“If we look at the data that was gathered in the past with SARS, those who recovered still had very clear issues in their X-Rays that restricted respiratory function even six months afterwards.

“It showed itself in a distinct reduction of pulmonary capacity and strength of the respiratory muscles, so for instance a definite drop in the distance they could cover in six minutes of walking.

“Above all, 30 per cent of recovered patients showed diffuse signs of pulmonary fibrosis, which are scars on the lung tissue, with an irreversible compromising of the respiratory capabilities. In practical terms, they could get respiratory problems even after a normal stroll.”

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Vucinic: ‘2010 failure still hurts’

Mirko Vucinic admits Roma not winning the Scudetto in 2010 ‘will stay with me for life’ and reveals he clashed with Simone Perrotta against Sampdoria.

Roma had the Serie A title in their hands when they faced Samp, but they squandered a 1-0 lead to lose 2-1 and Inter went on to defend their crown as part of an historic Treble.

“It’s a wound that’s stopped healing,” Vucinic told Sky Sport Italia. “It’ll stay with me for life.

“I came close to winning two Scudetti with Roma, but they were taken away from me on the last day.

“I’m also sorry to all the Giallorossi fans.”

The former Juventus attacker then confessed to quarrelling with Perrotta during the match, lamenting his inability to ‘keep quiet’.

“I can’t explain it to you. In that second half, they had two attempts on goal.

“It’s also been said that I had an argument with Perrotta at half-time, but it was normal. We cleared the air immediately.

“It was all because I didn’t pass him the ball. He said something to me and I answered him back.

“Thinking about it now, I should’ve kept quiet. He was more experienced, a world champion and a leader for us. Then they came up with those two goals…”

However, he did score a brace in a 2-1 derby victory over Lazio that season, which saw Claudio Ranieri take off Francesco Totti and Daniele De Rossi at half-time…

“I didn’t expect us to win because nothing was coming off in the first half, then the coach took off Totti and De Rossi, which was slightly crazy.

“He was practically removing the supporting wall of the stadium, but he was made right because we won.

“I won’t tell you what happened after the game… We celebrated and let’s say I wasn’t too drunk…

“[The goals] made me look good! My closest friends support Lazio and they didn’t talk to me for days.”

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