The Italian government will extend the ban on sports competitions in the country until May due to the corona virus. The Minister of Sport Vincenzo Spadafora announced this in an interview with La Repubblica on Sunday.

Spadafora will present the measures during a consultation on Monday. This also includes a training ban. The postponement of the Tokyo Olympics to 2021 makes it possible to add this additional restriction, Spadafora said in the Italian newspaper.

Some Serie A clubs, including Napoli, wanted to resume training last week, but refrained from doing so due to swollen criticism. With more than ten thousand deaths, Italy is the most affected country by the corona virus. On Saturday, the death toll rose by 889 to 10,023.

The Italian sport, including Serie A, has come to a halt from March 9, when the government decided to lock into the fight against the COVID-19 virus. According to Spadafora, it is "unrealistic" to think that the sport will resume before May 3.

The Italian government also wants to make 400 million euros available for an emergency fund for all amateur associations. Professional football in Italy cannot yet count on support from the Ministry of Sport.

Spadafora says that Serie A clubs need to prepare for big changes. "The big clubs are living in a bubble, far above their means, starting with the players' millions of salaries. They have to understand that after this crisis nothing is the same as before."

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