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Vincenzo Spadafora
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Desc Vincenzo Spadafora is the Italian Minister for Sports

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2020 03 01 Retrieve

[Juventus vs Inter be played this week amid coronavirus confusion] The Government gave Serie A two options: postpone or play behind closed doors

The league opted to postpone, also to avoid having big games played in empty stadiums. It was an autonomous decision. It sets a precedent and I understand those who say it ought to be maintained now for everyone, but from next week fortunately it’ll be for three regions and no longer six

When the country has over 1,000 cases and almost 30 people dead, having the football games all play at the same time is really not my first priority. I understand the fans are angry, but they cannot use that as their main thought process when judging difficult decisions

2020 03 08 Retrieve

[Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora had issued a statement on Sunday morning which seemed to back up Tommasi’s request and led to the confusion before the SPAL fixture] I share the views of Damiano Tommasi, President of the Italian Players’ Association, and I unite with his call to suspend the football league. It makes no sense at this moment, while we ask our citizens for enormous sacrifices to prevent the spread of the contagion, to risk the health of players, referees, coaches, fans who will certainly gather to see games, just to protect the interests that revolve around the sport

Other federations have wisely decided to suspend football for the next few days. I think it is the duty of the FIGC President Gabriele Gravina to reflect again, without waiting for the first case of a Serie A player infected, before taking on this very serious responsibility

2020 03 09 Retrieve

[Vincenzo Spadafora has questioned the decision to allow the sporting season to continue, insisting it was irresponsible for Serie A games to go ahead as scheduled over the weekend] The world of football feels immune to rules and sacrifices

2020 03 14 Retrieve

[Italy’s minister of sport Vincenzo Spadafora admitted on Friday] Football is a world in itself: there was a time when the Lega Serie A didn’t want to take responsibility as it should have done. We did it as a government to protect interests. Now there is no longer any controversy because some of the players have the virus. We would have preferred to have stopped the league sooner, but better late than never. Many teams today are giving donations for the emergency and we are happy, they are gestures of solidarity that we appreciate. Now we can stop with the controversy, because the world of sport must lead by example

2020 03 18 Retrieve

[Italian Minister of Sport Vincenzo Spadafora is targeting May 3 as a return date for Serie A] Serie A can resume on May 3, that’s what we hope for. Then we will evaluate whether it can be with the doors to the stadiums opened or closed. To this will be added the Champions League and the Europa League, which will be built into the new schedule

We have suspended all tax obligations until May 30 for all sports clubs and rentals of stadiums owned by the state where sports are conducted

2020 03 21 Retrieve

[Spadafora provided some cause for optimism with the news that authorities are working towards getting top-level sport played in around six weeks] Serie A can resume on May 3, that’s what we hope for. Then we will evaluate whether it can be with the doors to the stadiums opened or closed. To this will be added the Champions League and the Europa League, which will be built into the new schedule

2020 03 27 Retrieve

[Vincenzo Spadafora believes a return date of May 3 for Serie A is too optimistic] The forecasts that made us think we could resume sports competitions in late April or May, have been too optimistic given the evolution of the health emergency. I can say for certain that, if the resumption of sporting events will exist, it will certainly start again behind closed doors. It’s not possible to think otherwise, but I also have some doubts with respect to the date of May 3. Unfortunately, this medical emergency is constantly related to its evolution. We have to adapt our decisions very often to the epidemic

The final choice will be down to the FIGC, but it’s unlikely that it will be able to resume in the beginning of May. The federation might decide to postpone the games until the late summer, I have read suggestions about July and August, but the situation is complicated. After all, the rest of the footballing world has given us some more time to understand the emergency and now I imagine it will move forward with the necessary caution

2020 03 29 Retrieve

[While Serie A was slow to stop games being played completely, early signs suggest they won’t be rushing any potential return] I can say for certain that, if the resumption of sporting events will exist, it will certainly start again behind closed doors. It’s not possible to think otherwise, but I also have some doubts with respect to the date of May 3. Unfortunately, this medical emergency is constantly related to its evolution. We have to adapt our decisions very often to the epidemic. The final choice will be down to the FIGC, but it’s unlikely that it will be able to resume in the beginning of May. The federation might decide to postpone the games until the late summer, I have read suggestions about July and August, but the situation is complicated. After all, the rest of the footballing world has given us some more time to understand the emergency and now I imagine it will move forward with the necessary caution

2020 04 17 Retrieve

[Italy’s minister for sport Vincenzo Spadafora is hoping to confirm a May 4 date for the return to Serie A training as soon as possible] The next few weeks will be fundamental to understand the evolution of the healthcare situation and how, if and when we can get back to playing sport at all levels. We hope to confirm the May 4 date for a return to training as soon as possible. I hope we can keep to that date, even if it is only for training behind closed doors. At this moment, our only concern must be the health and safety of the general population

2020 04 21 Retrieve

[Italy’s minister for sport Vincenzo Spadafora is hopeful this date can be met] Right now, I can’t confirm neither the resumption of training on May 4 or the season. Sport isn’t just football or Serie A. Serie A is an economic industry, but we’re also focusing on the football side. On Wednesday I will meet the FIGC, who will present its training protocol. We will evaluate it together. We have to understand if football is ready to restart training. I will evaluate it very carefully, but it must not give the illusion that resuming training means resuming the campaign

2020 04 23 Retrieve

[Spadafora says Unpopular decisions necessary amid wait for Serie A return] I too am a fan who misses watching his team. I was waiting for the Euros [European Championship] this summer with great enthusiasm, but that tournament was postponed, along with the Olympics, the Giro d’Italia and all sporting competitions in our country. It is enormously disappointing, within a far stronger and deeper pain for the awful tragedy that has struck the nation, Europe, the entire world. I can assure you that maintaining this approach of being extremely prudent is the most unpopular thing I could do, but we have the duty and the responsibility to make sure the whole country and world of sport can get through this emergency as soon as possible. There are many rights to be protected, workers who are having financial difficulty and deserve the right consideration. I met with the FIGC today, but also 19 presidents of various sporting disciplines who deserve attention too. I will do everything to ensure that in the upcoming government decree, we include all the regulations that guarantee the world of sport and its workers the necessary support so that not one single club, federation or person has to lose their job

2020 04 26 Retrieve

[Vincenzo Spadafora warned that the easing of measures would depend on safety protocols being respected] We’ll resume training for team sports from May 18, but only if the conditions of safety and security can be confirmed over the next few weeks. I don’t wish to penalise or slow down the resumption of football, but I have to say we’ll see because there need to be rigid and certain protocols in place on the safety of the athletes. The FIGC (Italian football federation) presented a protocol last night and the scientific committee considered it insufficient, so it needs adjustments. Only from that moment, when the protocol is agreed, can we decide whether or not to restart football. Many leagues around Europe have terminated their seasons early, but Serie A is not inclined towards suspending the season or even training. We are receiving very strong pressure to resume. We realise that the world of football deserves respect and support, as it is one of the largest economic resources in the country.

2020 04 28 Retrieve

[It’s unclear exactly when Serie A will be given the green light to continue] The FIGC (Italian football federation) presented a protocol last night (April 25) and the scientific committee considered it insufficient, so it needs adjustments. Only from that moment, when the protocol is agreed, can we decide whether or not to restart football. Many leagues around Europe have terminated their seasons early, but Serie A is not inclined towards suspending the season or even training. We are receiving very strong pressure to resume. We realise that the world of football deserves respect and support, as it is one of the largest economic resources in the country

2020 04 28b Retrieve

[Serie A has been suspended since March] Many leagues around Europe have terminated their seasons early, but Serie A is not inclined towards suspending the season or even training. We are receiving very strong pressure to resume

2020 04 28c Retrieve

[Italy sport minister Spadafora says it would be much easier to end Serie A season] Resumption must be gradual. Opinion polls would like football to stop here. I’m not a person who gets influenced by opinion polls. I don’t decide along the lines of common sentiment. It would be much easier to end the season immediately and the scientific community would agree. Carrying on the world of football is a very important thing for our country, but we must do it safely. Remember when Serie A didn’t stop? How many teams have gone into quarantine? The [Italian Football Federation] FIGC submitted a protocol and it was considered. Today we’re at the end of April, we can’t know for sure how the virus will evolve and how the rules will be respected, therefore we can’t know when the season will resume. We’ll find out at a later date, when we have the data from the implementation of protocol. The protocol has very high costs, how will Serie B find it? It’s not true that there isn’t full consistency with the words of President Conte and my own. Claims of a plot against Serie A are ridiculous and whoever says there is one is just as ridiculous. We’ve been working to resume training from May 18, but that doesn’t mean the leagues will start up again

2020 04 29 Retrieve

[French government lobbying partners so that Europe’s other top 5 leagues’ seasons do not restart] The decisions that are in the process of being taken in other countries, like in France, could push Italy to follow this position, which could then become a European position

2020 05 03 Retrieve

[Sports minister says Serie A is nowhere near restart] I’m reading strange things but nothing has changed compared to what I have always said about football: the teams’ training will not resume before 18 May. The resumption of the league? No way for now. Now excuse me but I need to go back back to take care of all other sports and sports centres (gyms, dance centres, swimming pools, etc…) that need to reopen as soon as possible!

2020 05 07 Retrieve

[Italian clubs are said to be unanimously in favour of resuming the 2019-20 season, which was suspended in March, but there is no clear return date] We have to see how the contagion curve will develop in the next two weeks

2020 05 10 Retrieve

[Vincenzo Spadafora says Serie A will return ‘one step at a time’ after coronavirus] We will imminently learn the verdict of the scientific committee on the [Italian Football Federation] FIGC’s medical protocol. We are also ready to propose guidelines to the committee for training sessions involving all team sports and guidelines to open up facilities, including gyms, swimming pools and dance halls, that will allow all those who work in sport to resume their activities. Finally, we are also working with the Ministry for Education, for Equal Opportunities and Families to reopen sporting facilities, so we can guarantee a summer of sport for the youngest members of our society. So, one step at a time, sport will return. It’ll be stronger than ever

2020 05 13 Retrieve

[Serie A selects June 13 as return date from coronavirus suspension] A few minutes ago I received a letter from the president of the FIGC [Italian Football Federation] [Gabriele] Gravina, in which he announced that the FIGC had accepted all the comments of the Scientific Technical Committee, readjusting the protocol allowing without other difficulties to resume training from May 18

2020 05 16 Retrieve

[Sports minister Spadafora has previously reassured citizens that sport would return in Italy one step at a time] Finally, we are also working with the Ministry for Education, for Equal Opportunities and Families to reopen sporting facilities, so we can guarantee a summer of sport for the youngest members of our society. So, one step at a time, sport will return. It’ll be stronger than ever

2020 05 19 Retrieve

[Serie A showdown talks over season resumption set for May 28] [Italian Footballers’ Association President Damiano] Tommasi wants a certain date? I am pleased to give him good news. Just a little while ago I called a meeting with [FIGC President Gabriele] Gravina, [Serie A President Paolo] Dal Pino and all the other members for May 28, at 3pm

I believe that we will be in good condition next Thursday to have all the data available, with respect to the evolution of the health emergency, in order to be able to decide if and when Serie A will restart. May 28 is the date by which we will make a decision

The format will be decided by the federations. I believe that the important thing is that if we start the championship again, we finish it. Closing everything as in France would have been the impulse choice. I reacted harshly, because deciding immediately on a resumption date of the championship, with full intensive therapies, was shameful. Now that the country is starting it is right that even football and the whole world of sport starts again. This idea that I could be against football I found annoying at the beginning, now it’s just funny

2020 05 21 Retrieve

[Juventus to start training in larger groups after first team squad all test negative for coronavirus] [Italian Footballers’ Association President Damiano] Tommasi wants a certain date? I am pleased to give him good news. Just a little while ago I called a meeting with [FIGC President Gabriele] Gravina, [Serie A President Paolo] Dal Pino and all the other members for May 28, at 3pm. I believe that we will be in good condition next Thursday to have all the data available, with respect to the evolution of the health emergency, in order to be able to decide if and when Serie A will restart. May 28 is the date by which we will make a decision

2020 05 25 Retrieve

[Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi eager to see Serie A resume] I believe that we will be in good condition next Thursday to have all the data available, with respect to the evolution of the health emergency, in order to be able to decide if and when Serie A will restart. May 28 is the date by which we will make a decision

2020 05 25b Retrieve

[Serie A matches should be free to air] The two possible dates for the resumption of Serie A are June 13 and 20. On May 28 I have summoned the world of football to evaluate together the date of the possible restart and to be able to decide together if and when the championship can resume. Many have asked me to refer to the German model. There was an agreement to broadcast live highlights free to air, with individual matches being available to those with subscriptions. We will absolutely have to think about it. This will avoid gatherings in public places and bars if they open again

2020 05 25c Retrieve

[Serie A closing in on June return date] We are working on two possible dates to begin Serie A games, on June 13 or 20. The protocol arrived for resuming the season and it is very similar to the one that was agreed for training. On Thursday, we’ll decide if and when to resume. This emergency has shown some critical issues in the world of football that we will face in a general reform that will happen before the end of the summer. Among those issues we include allowing women’s football players to become professional athletes

2020 05 28 Retrieve

[Sports minister Spadafora confirms Serie A to return on June 20] Football was going to restart when we had the right safety conditions and when the CTS would give the go-ahead to the protocols. The league resumes on June 20 - I have already consulted with prime minister Conte. I hope we can complete the Coppa Italia in the week from June 13 to 20. It would be a signal to the benefit of all Italians, given it’s the competition shown on public service [television]. My wish is coming true for the whole world of sport to start again at the same time. We deny the story that I had any reservations about the world of football

2020 06 04 Retrieve

[Juve and Milan will now face off next Friday] The two semi-finals have also been brought forward to have a tight schedule. The first will be on June 12, then 13 for the second and 17 the final