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Italian health official likely won't see how Series A can start again in May

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A leading Italian health official says he doesn't see how Serie A, which was suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic, could resume in the coming weeks.

Gabriele Gravina, head of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC), said on Saturday that he hoped teams could start training in May provided players tested negative for the new coronavirus with the first games likely coming at the end of that month.

However, the director of infectious diseases at the Italian National Institute of Health (ISS) Giovanni Rezza disagreed.

"If I had to give a technical report, it wasn't going to be good," he told reporters.

"Soccer is a contact sport with a transmission risk.

"They proposed close monitoring of the players with almost daily tests, although to me honestly it seems to stretch things a bit. And we're already nearly into May. "However, it wasn't his call at the end of the day, he said.

"The politicians are going to decide," Rezza added. "Due to the health implications, it's a hard decision to make."

Since March 9th, Serie A has been on hold with players at several clubs testing positive for Covid-19, which has killed more than 113,000 people worldwide.

Last week the FIGC said it had started to draw up medical guidelines for a restart of the championship. On Wednesday, its medical council is due to meet again.