ROME (AP) — In additional farcical scenes in Serie A, bemused Lazio gamers walked onto the Stadio Olimpico pitch — with some even taking selfies — regardless of understanding that their Torino opponents have been self-isolating tons of of miles away in Turin on Tuesday.
A coronavirus outbreak pressured Torino gamers and employees into self-isolation that doesn’t finish till midnight Tuesday, hours after the scheduled kickoff in opposition to Lazio in Rome.
However, Lazio adopted its regular matchday routine and the membership introduced the beginning lineup on social media. The gamers walked across the subject and a few snapped selfies as they waited till 45 minutes after kickoff, when the match could possibly be formally known as off.
Serie A’s governing physique held an emergency assembly earlier within the day however voted to not postpone the match.
“You possibly can’t defend the league and its integrity by ignoring goal actuality,” Torino president Urbano Cairo stated when requested if he anticipated that call. “We will’t transfer from Turin, that’s manifestly apparent.
“I count on issues to be achieved logically, in case you add one plus one you shouldn’t should do a thousand steps to get to 2.”
The choice noticed a repeat of the scenes across the Juventus-Napoli match final October when the Bianconeri adopted their common matchday routine and went out onto the sphere regardless of understanding their opponent had not left Naples.
Napoli was handed a 3-0 loss by the Italian league and docked one level however ultimately had that overturned on appeal by the Italian Olympic Committee — after a number of failed makes an attempt in different courts — and the match shall be rescheduled.
Cairo stated the membership can even battle its case via the courts whether it is handed a 3-0 loss by the league’s disciplinary fee.
“Now we’ll see what’s going to occur. It’s apparent we’ll enchantment. We’ll do all of the appeals potential,” he stated.
Torino’s match in opposition to Sassuolo final Friday was postponed till March 17. That call was introduced the day earlier than the match, two days after the native well being authority in Turin ordered the short-term closure of the membership’s coaching floor and instructed all of the gamers and training employees to self-isolate.
Eight Torino gamers and two employees members have examined optimistic for COVID-19. The extra contagious variant that emerged in England has been recognized in some instances.