UEFA's Interim General Secretary Theodore Theodoridis, left, washes his hand with a sanitizing gel during a press conference with President Aleksander Ceferin, right, following a meeting of European soccer leaders at the congress of UEFA. Photo: AP Photo/Peter Dejong
UEFA's Interim General Secretary Theodore Theodoridis, left, washes his hand with a sanitizing gel during a press conference with President Aleksander Ceferin, right, following a meeting of European soccer leaders at the congress of UEFA. Photo: AP Photo/Peter Dejong

Italy's footballers pondering virus risks at Euro 2020

By DPA Time of article published Mar 5, 2020

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ROME – The Italian footballers union (AIC) is considering asking UEFA for a postponement of Euro 2020 as the spread of the coronavirus has disarrayed the domestic season, the association's president Damiano Tommasi said Thursday.

"UEFA should consider the possibility of moving Euro 2020, allowing time for (the completion of) domestic leagues," Damiani told the ANSA news agency.

The continental competition is set to start on June 12 in Rome, where Italy are to play Group A games with Turkey, Switzerland and Wales. A quarter-final of the itinerant event will also be played in the capital.

"Coronavirus is not just an Italian problem. The Serie A has decided to play behind closed doors [until April 3]. Among footballers, some want to continue (the season) and some are worried," Tommasi said.

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"We will now take all the needed precautions, but players on the pitch are also at risk, and in case of contagion, quarantine applies also to professional footballers."

The Lega Serie A cancelled 10 games in the past two weekends and two Italian Cup semi-finals this week. It is now faced with a packed programme and limited chances to extend the season as national teams have planned their camps ahead of the continental event.

DPA

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