Coronavirus which can only stop soccer madness in Italy

Italy, as a country that is very popular in the world of football, no doubt the madness of the Italians in the world of sports on this one. In fact, in various events that have occurred in Italy, only a few can stop the cycles of spinning from this one sports activity, such as the Coronavirus outbreak that is happening right now. Apart from several other incidents, they were so crazy, they continued this soccer sports activity. Call it when Italy was hit by an outbreak of cholera in 1973. A total of 227 Italians and also 170 people in Naples died from cholera outbreaks, but this soccer event is still being held.

Starting last Tuesday, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has stated to postpone all activities that can gather crowds in one place. Of course, this has also been affected by the soccer match here. The regulation was only made to reduce the rate of spread of the Coronavirus in Italy. Because, until now, Italy is known as the European region which has the most cases of Coronavirus victims than other European regions. Italy itself has also been designated as the epicenter of the Coronavirus outbreak in Europe. Since this outbreak spread, since then also many Italian victims due to the plague. Italy has also taken steps to isolate itself from the outside to combat this disease outbreak.

The plan, the rules that were issued were to postpone various activities for the next 1 month. Even then, time was quite fast. If it turns out that the situations and conditions are still not possible, this rule may be extended later until the conditions and situations return safely. The Italian Football Federation, FIGC, and the Serie A Laga operators have held a meeting to find solutions and ways of recovery in overcoming the problems that are happening due to the impact of the Coronavirus that is happening right now. By the rules of the Prime Minister, the plan can only be realized in April, even if the conditions and situations around are safe.

It is known, one of the Serie A clubs, AC Milan, has contributed to help the treatment of victims suffering from the Coronavirus in the Lombardy region. Milan itself is the capital of the Lombardy region in Italy. This region is also the most severely affected by the Coronavirus. AC Milan reportedly contributed a donation of 250 thousand Euros. Paolo Scaroni also believes that if he is not too optimistic, he can restore the Italian league shortly as planned together. Considering that besides Italy, there were many fatalities due to the Coronavirus outbreak, there were also so many involved in football and the high risk of transmission that occurred. Moreover, something that is not too monitored, such as the players on the team for example. AC Milan CEO Ivan Gazidis, who is also a former CEO of Arsenal, prefers to follow the directions and rules that already exist to tackle the Coronavirus outbreak that is happening right now. He also did not dismiss if there are things that are more important than life. He also invited to listen to the direction and authority around that there is and also take full responsibility for each of them.

Throughout history, soccer matches in Italy only stopped on a few events in addition to the Coronavirus that is happening right now, namely the First World War and also the Second World War. Not to mention the players who have to prepare for the European Cup 2020 match. Although it turns out the match in Italy resumed in April, still, the break time for the players selected in the Italian national team is very short. Because Italy itself will start their first match against Turkey in June Tomorrow.

UEFA Is Urged to Postpone the Existing Match Schedule

UEFA, as the European Football Union, has now been urged by various parties to immediately postpone various activities and match schedules that have been previously scheduled. This insistence was expressed directly through an official written letter by the Italian Football Association and the Spanish Football Association. Both of them assume, if the Coronavirus outbreak that is happening right now is very dangerous, and also causes a health crisis, especially in Europe itself. Bearing in mind, this also happened because of several matches such as the Champions League and the European League, bringing together clubs from Italy and clubs from Spain.

At present, Italy itself has raised its alert level for the Coronavirus to be on alert because some of its citizens have reportedly been positive victims of this outbreak. Plus, one of the third-ranked league soccer players has also been tested positive for being a victim of this Coronavirus. This made the Italian Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, appealed to the Italian citizens not to leave the house at this time, and asked to conduct self-isolation in their respective homes in suppressing the spread of the Coronavirus even wider in Italy. Also, he forbids holding various sporting events or other possible events where many people gather in one place because it will cause fatal coronavirus to spread later. Naturally, Italy is also known as the epicenter of the spread of the Coronavirus in Europe, it is natural for the government to take this policy for security.

On the other hand, Spain has also raised its vigilance status against the spread of the Coronavirus. Although not as severe as what happened in Italy, the Spanish government considers doing so to prevent further spread in Spain later. In addition to raising the alert status, the Spanish government also banned flights from and also originating from Italy. In the letter they delivered, they also hoped to UEFA to be able to wait for the situation to return to normal or at least safer for both countries so that the match could continue and not harm other parties.

This insistence came after the official statement made by the Getafe Club President. He refused to fly his team to Milan, Italy. Of course, this he did because he did not want his team to become victims when traveling home or going to Italy later. He also stated that if he preferred to be eliminated from the match in the European League than having to deliver the life of his team to be able to hold the match. Not only the European League, but several Champions League matches also bring together clubs from these two countries. Call it AS Roma against Sevilla in the European League.

Coupled with the increase in the number of deaths in Italy, this urge also asks UEFA to rethink and consider the various matches that will be held later on. In the statement of the letter also, they agreed to make a joint decision to postpone the various matches they will face. With the hope of this agreement, they also hope that UEFA can accept and understand their hopes and requests. During a health crisis that is happening in Europe due to the Coronavirus, they also believe this is a dangerous situation and can threaten someone’s life. Therefore, to avoid casualties, they have taken the initiative to postpone various league matches in their countries.

However, after the official statements made by the soccer associations from Italy and Spain, there were no signs from UEFA to respond to the statement. Also, they have not made a statement for the match between Inter Milan and Getafe which will be held shortly.