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Serie A clubs Napoli, Lazio backtrack on return to training

AFP
Published Mar 24, 2020, 10:29 am IST
Updated Mar 24, 2020, 10:29 am IST
Both clubs had planned to return to training expecting the league to resume, but put off their plans as the virus continues to spread
In this file photo Napoli's Italian goalkeeper Alex Meret (L) saves a shot from Fiorentina's Serbian forward Dusan Vlahovic during a Italian Serie A match at the Artemio-Franchi stadium in Florence. Some celebrities around the world are affected by the novel coronavirus such as Fiorentina's Serbian forward Dusan Vlahovic. He has been tested positive for Covid-19. AFP Photo
 In this file photo Napoli's Italian goalkeeper Alex Meret (L) saves a shot from Fiorentina's Serbian forward Dusan Vlahovic during a Italian Serie A match at the Artemio-Franchi stadium in Florence. Some celebrities around the world are affected by the novel coronavirus such as Fiorentina's Serbian forward Dusan Vlahovic. He has been tested positive for Covid-19. AFP Photo

Milan: Italian clubs Napoli and Lazio have both postponed their planned return to training this week due to the coronavirus pandemic which has killed over 6,000 people in Italy.

Italian football has been on hold since March 9 because of the COVID-19 outbreak which has become the Mediterranean nation's biggest disaster since World War II.

 

But some clubs had been thinking of resuming training behind closed doors.

"SSC Napoli announces that sports activities are suspended until a date to be decided," the southerners said in a statement. "The resumption of training sessions will be established in relation to the evolution of the health emergency regarding the spread of Covid 19."

Napoli are sixth in Serie A and last trained on March 12, before their Champions League last-16 second leg against Barcelona was postponed. They had been planning to return to training on Wednesday.

League rivals Lazio and Cagliari also pushed back the date for a return to training.

Capital club Lazio -- just a point behind champions and Serie A leaders Juventus -- had said they wanted to start training as early as Monday, as had Sardinian outfit Cagliari.

All sport in Italy has been suspended until April 3.

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Location: Italy, Lombardia, Milano




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