Sassuolo have become the first sides to announce they will return to training from next week amid the  pandemic, before Bologna, Parma and Roma made similar announcements on Saturday evening.

The Neroverdi are set to return to training on Monday, while their regional rivals Bologna and Parma as well as Paulo Fonseca’s Roma will also train next week.

Italian Minister for Sport Vincenzo Spadafora consequently performed a U-turn, having initially refused to entertain the idea of teams getting back to work on Monday

The northern Italian region of Emilia-Romagna announced in the week that professional teams in the area could resume activity on the condition that they practised social distancing.

But while SPAL are waiting for the Italian government to reach an agreement on health protocol, Sassuolo, Bologna and Parma have decided to press ahead with their plans to return to training.

 from Sassuolo read: ‘U.S. Sassuolo Calcio announce that, from Monday May 4, they will grant their players use of the Mapei Football Center pitches for optional, individual sessions.

‘Players will only be allowed access to the pitches, in compliance with the rules of social distancing, while access to indoor facilities (changing rooms, gyms, offices) will be prohibited.

‘The individual sessions, which will take place during the mornings, from Monday to Friday, with the use of three pitches and six players per hour (one player for each half of the field), will not be attended by technical staff, while emergency medical supervision will be on hand. 

‘Access to the Mapei Football Center and car park outside the entrance will continue to be forbidden to any person who is not included in the subjects indicated above.’

The region of Lazio, which governs Rome, confirmed later on Saturday evening that they would allow its professional sports clubs including Roma to restart individual work on Wednesday, May 6.  continue reading…

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