Lazio Increasingly Likely to Get Penalized for COVID-related Violations

Lazio were granted a ten-day postponement in today’s hearing on the trail for infractions of the COVID-19 protocols. However, it is likely that they will lose some points in the standings as form of punishment, Corriere della Sera reports. The club and the prosecutor Giuseppe Chiné will reconvene in front of the federal court on March 26th.

Lazio’s doctors Ivo Pulcini and Fabio Rodia and president Claudio Lotito are on the stand for six possible violations of the health and safety regulations about the Coronavirus pandemic. The club’s lawyer Gian Michele Gentile told the publication: “This is not an insignificant trial related to just couple of suspensions. It might have massive ramifications, it is as big as Calciopoli or Calcioscomesse. The situation will not get resolved in a day or two, it will take time. There is judicial issue at the root of it, we believe that the lab that carries out the tests should have notified the cases, the accusation thinks the team should have.”

The prosecutor will ask for some penalization points for failing to communicate the COVID cases to the authorities. On that front, the defendants want the judge to hear from Giuseppe Di Rosa, one of the top local health officials, who supposedly cleared Ciro Immobile for the November 1st’s game versus Torino. The Granata have forwarded a request to participate to the trial as interested party, as there is a chance that match will be forfeited in case Lazio are found guilty.