Serie A Not Stopping Despite COVID-19 Surge, Tweaks Rules

Four Serie A matches will not take place today because of COVID-19. Salernitana, Udinese, Bologna and Torino are dealing with team-wide outbreaks. Verona, Sassuolo, Milan and Napoli have had multiple recent cases. The Scaligeri and the Partenopei have been allowed to travel. The Rossoneri announced them late Wednesday, and the clash with Roma might be affected.

The Serie A council had an emergency meeting last night to address the COVID-19 crisis. They reiterated their stance about not postponing matches. They will be initially forfeited and then most likely rescheduled after an appeal. The sports judge, who is the first degree of the system, did not formalize the result of late December’s fixture between Salernitana and Udinese.

The body has ruled to follow the UEFA protocol in these instances. Teams have to compete if they have 13 players and one goalkeeper available. Youngsters from the Primavera are eligible as well. Therefore, it is unlikely that any side will be short of men. But the provision does not overrule the decisions by the local health authorities. They can impose isolate completely to whole squads if multiple players test positive in short order. That has been the case in this round. The four aforementioned teams are set to be sidelined over the weekend as well.

According to Sky, Serie A plan to appeal the decisions that go against the most recent COVID-19 regulations that reduced the quarantine. The League also urged the clubs to abide by the health and safety guidelines very strictly.