The Corriere della Sera newspaper announced that Lazio had arranged a three v three training session, with games lasting five minutes each.
“I read the report and the photograph they used is an old one,” Lazio’s chief medic Ivo Pulcini told Radio Punto Nuovo.
The chief medic promised to resign if reports of illegal training routines were true, as players are not allowed to attend group training until Monday:
“The club assures me it is not true, and if it was, I would be forced to resign. I have to take responsibility, but what more can I do if workers do not follow suggestions? I was not there, as I cannot spend the entire day watching every session, I can only make recommendations.”
The Players ‘Association and Agents’ Association today issued statements protesting that the requirement for a whole squad to quarantine for 15 days if one person is tested positive means that there was a very real risk of the season being halted again.
“It’s an excuse so they can really say no,” added Pulcini in a video press conference.
Meanwhile, CONI (Italian Olympic Committee) President Giovanni Malagò also commented on the reported illegal Lazio training session: “I don’t know if it’s true, but if it was, that would be disrespectful.”
He praised the decision to set up a group of inspectors who will visit the training grounds and ensure teams are sticking to the rules.