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Sassuolo players run on empty pitches as Serie A training resumes

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Sassuolo on Monday became the first Italian top-flight club to resume training following the coronavirus stoppage although it was still a long way from normality with only a handful of players running up and down empty pitches.

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football – Serie A – U.S Sassuolo v Napoli – Mapei Stadium Ð Citta del Tricolore, Reggio Emilia, Italy – March 10, 2019 Sassuolo's Domenico Berardi celebrates scoring their first goal with team mates. REUTERS/Alberto Lingria/File Photo

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ROME: Sassuolo on Monday became the first Italian top-flight club to resume training following the coronavirus stoppage although it was still a long way from normality with only a handful of players running up and down empty pitches.

The Serie A club posted a video on Twitter showing players exercising individually, with each having half a pitch to himself. The club has limited the number of players who can train to six at a time divided into three pitches and says training is optional.

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The government on Sunday gave players permission to start training individually on club premises but no team exercises will be allowed until May 18 and it is still far from certain that Serie A will be allowed to resume this season.

Italy, among the world's hardest-hit countries, started to relax the longest lockdown in Europe on Monday, allowing about 4.5 million people to return to work after nearly two months at home.

Sassuolo were involved in the last Serie A match to be played before the suspension when they beat Brescia 3-0 on March 9.

Other Serie A teams were expected to resume training over the course of tRead More – Source