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'Madness' to restart Serie A, says Brescia boss after contracting coronavirus

2020-04-19 19:44
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Brescia president Massimo Cellino called on Sunday the prospect of restarting the Serie A season "madness" after announcing that he had contracted the coronavirus.

"(Serie A head Luigi) De Siervo called and asked me if I was prepared to play on neutral turf," Cellino told sports daily Tuttosport.

"I told him I am not prepared to play anywhere. The season has to end here, and we certainly cannot go beyond 30 June. I hear talk of September or October, it's madness."

Former Leeds and Cagliari chairperson Cellino, 63, had revealed on Saturday that he and his daughter had contracted the virus.

"I have been in Cagliari (where he was born) for a few days, after having been in quarantine in Brescia for three weeks," Cellino told daily La Repubblica, adding that he felt "pain in my bones".

Cellino has been a frequent critic of attempts to finish the current season, which has been suspended since 9 March, insisting earlier this month that he was ready for his team to forfeit games rather than play again this campaign.

The Brescia area in Lombardy has been at epicentre of the Covid-19 pandemic in Italy, where over 23 000 people have died since the start of the outbreak - second only to the United States.

Earlier this month Brescia players agreed to a pay cut to help the club through the suspension.

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