Serie A has approved a new COVID protocol and insists all league games must be played next Sunday, blaming local health authorities for the matches that were abandoned today.

Four matches were abandoned today as Salernitana, Bologna, Torino and Udinese were ordered into quarantine for five days by the local health authorities.

This means they could not face Venezia, Inter, Atalanta and Fiorentina today and, on paper, they would not be allowed to play their games on Sunday, when a new round of Serie A is in program.

However, Lega Serie A approved a new COVID protocol today, which states games must go ahead if 13 players are fit, including one goalkeeper.

Lega Serie A published a statement that blames local health authorities for ‘confusing and incoherent decisions’ that created ‘any sort of damage to the Italian sporting system with devastating economic effects.’

Lega Serie A is ready to take health authorities to an Arbitration Tribunal after they decided to bar four clubs from playing today.

Lega Serie A hopes that after the publication of today’s protocol ‘all the games scheduled for Sunday 9 will be played, ending the confusion caused by the ASL decisions.’

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