Italy: Towards a possible return of supporters to the stadiums

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Fans may soon return to the stadiums in Italy. Italian Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora spoke of this possibility on Thursday, but “in September”, confirming the rest of the current season behind closed doors.

Speaking before the Senate, Spadafora clarified that “with the Minister of Health and the Technical and Scientific Committee, we consider that we must maintain the line of caution which has enabled us to gradually restart sports activities”.

And to add: “We are seriously preparing so that, in September, at the resumption of the next championship, there are really the conditions allowing to reopen the stadiums and allowing tens of thousands of tifosi to participate”.

In response to claims by several leaders over the entry of a limited number of supporters, Spadafora is making this assumption now very unlikely. replied: “It is true that there is enough space in stadiums to guarantee social distance. But it is also true that we consider it very risky to have to deal with a huge flow of people at the time of entry checks. With just over two weeks to go before the championship ends, it would be difficult to organize. ”

“My job is to ensure that the conditions are in place so that access to the stadium can be made when the next championship resumes in September,” he insisted.

Interrupted on March 9 by the progression of the coronavirus, which killed more than 35,000 people in Italy, the football championship resumed on June 20 in empty stadiums.