Serie A players undergo first tests ahead of training restart

Serie A players undergo first tests ahead of training restart

Serie A players underwent their first preparatory tests and medicals ahead of a return to individual training this week.

Clubs were allowed to re-open their training grounds this week after getting the go-ahead from the government as the nation-wide lockdown was partly relaxed on Monday in Italy’s “phase two” protocol.

Sassuolo players were the first to get back to training on Monday, with three players and three staff members present at their Mapei Center training ground.

 

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Juventus had a first batch of players undergo tests at their J Medical Center in Turin, including Aaron Ramsey, Juan Cuadrado, Carlo Pinsoglio, Leonardo Bonucci and Federico Bernardeschi.

Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to fly back into Italy on Monday and will be tested in the coming days alongside other players returning from abroad such as Matthijs de Ligt and Gonzalo Higuain.

Roma also reopened their Trigoria training ground today with Edin Dzeko among the first players to undergo medicals and preparatory tests, which will be completed before the first individual training sessions start on Thursday.

Most Serie A sides have now scheduled players’ returns to individual training, with Inter Milan, Atalanta and Bologna expecting to reopen their training camps on Tuesday.

There have been no matches in Serie A since March 9
There have been no matches in Serie A since March 9

However, all 20 sides are likely to have to wait until May 18 to start their first group training sessions under strict instructions from the Italian Minister of Sport Vincenzo Spadafora.

Kieran Trippier charged by FA over alleged breaches of betting rules

Kieran Trippier charged by FA over alleged breaches of betting rules

England right-back Kieran Trippier has been charged with misconduct for alleged breaches of the Football Association’s betting rules.

The alleged offences occurred in July 2019, which is when Trippier joined Atletico Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur.

The 29-year-old has until 18 May to provide a response.

“I have fully complied with the FA’s investigation over the past several months on a voluntary basis and will continue to do so,” Trippier said.

“I want to make it clear that while a professional footballer, I have at no stage placed any football-related bets or received any financial benefit from others betting.”

The FA said the charge relates to rules where:

  • a participant shall not bet, either directly or indirectly, or instruct, permit, cause or enable any person to bet on – (i) the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of, or occurrence in or in connection with, a football match or competition; or (ii) any other matter concerning or related to football anywhere in the world, including, for example and without limitation, the transfer of players, employment of managers, team selection or disciplinary matters.
  • or where a participant provides to any other person any information relating to football which the participant has obtained by virtue of his or her position within the game and which is not publicly available at that time, the participant shall be in breach of this rule where any of that information is used by that other person for, or in relation to, betting.