Marotta: ‘Reduce the tournaments’

Inter CEO Beppe Marotta reiterated his stance regarding the international break and hopes to ‘reduce the tournaments that have little value’.

A controversy erupted in Italy ahead of the current break, as the local health authorities issued travelling bans for teams with at least one current COVID-19 case and ordered them in a ‘bubble’ of self-isolation.

Inter CEO Beppe Marotta reiterated his stance regarding the international break and hopes to ‘reduce the tournaments that have little value’.

A controversy erupted in Italy ahead of the current break, as the local health authorities issued travelling bans for teams with at least one current COVID-19 case and ordered them in a ‘bubble’ of self-isolation.

Inter didn’t receive any orders and Marotta was quick to ask for ‘equality’ and he continued to do so at Festival Glocal 2020.

“This virus had a violent impact, in the first place for health, creating a state of alarm in each team,” he told VareseNews. “We face the feeling of fear, approaching the subject with ‘ignorance’, in the sense that we didn’t know what we were up against.

“Within the club, the priority was to secure the employees and players, adopting the protocol that gave guarantees.

“We too have exploited smart working, opening up a new world such as video conferences. The other goal was to guarantee sustainability in the world of football.

“My idea was to be patient, take a detailed picture of the situation and then resume the activity. The players tried to protect their families.”

The director admitted he didn’t want to stop the Nerazzurri players from travelling but added the current situation requires ‘better evaluation’ and wants Serie A to have equal terms for all teams.

“Today, we are undergoing a conditioning,” he said. “We are going from one buffer to another where you can find a group of players available or not.

“The great difficulty of the coaches is managing the planning of the matches. From a sporting point of view, we are in great difficulty.

“For this reason, I think that Serie A must be centralised, to not create different situations between the teams.

“My last comments regarding this break for the national teams, was not to deprive the player selections, but to evaluate the situation within an anomalous season, in a very compressed calendar.

“It’s necessary to evaluate better the situations of individual athletes with a fruitful conversation between clubs and national teams, but also reduce the tournaments that have no relevance.

“I understand the importance of the European Championship and the World Cup, but we try to limit some games that have little value.”

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