Ever since the pandemic hit, everything seemed to have come to a halt, including the world of sports. After a long gap, playing of football matches was finally allowed but under strict rules and regulations to prevent the spread of the virus.
Any club found guilty of violating the set rules might face relegation from their respective leagues.
Lazio players Ciro Immobile, goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha and midfielder Lucas Leiva were not available for a match against Club Brugge on October 29, as these players were found to be Covid positive. These tests were conducted as per the guidelines of UEFA.
However all the three players were included in the Lazio squad for a match against Torino on 1st November, reportedly even after testing positive for the virus.
On the 4th of November, Immobile, Strakosha and Leiva missed the UEFA Champions League clash against Zenit as they were found positive for the virus when the tests were conducted by the UEFA protocols.
Seria A protocols state that the club must inform the local authorities if one or more of their players are found Covid positive.
The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) has initiated an investigation against Lazio for violating health protocols related to Covid-19. According to a local news outlet, the Italian side failed to state the exact names of the players who were found to be positive for Covid-19 before the match against Torino.
“We performed the usual swabs last week, we hosted a visit from the Prosecutors’ Office twice and handed over all the tests. We did the tests again on Friday and Saturday, they came back negative, so they played on Sunday.”
“We are at the absolute disposal of the authorities, our conscience is clear and we can only wait for the final results.” said Lazio Sporting Director Igli Tare on Wednesday.
The Italian Football Federation(FIGC) has carried out two inspections at Lazio’s training centre and has also asked for an explanation from the club’s management.
If the investigation goes against Lazio, they might be fined with a hefty fee or can even be relegated from the Serie A.