Italian clubside Torino FC fans have given a damning verdict on Serie A’s planned return to action, putting up banners outside their stadium in protest for attempting to restart football amid the coronavirus chaos.
Despite the global pandemic, teams have returned to the training pitch in the hope of completing the domestic season, with the league’s chief in talks with the Italian government over a possible timeline for a restart.
But some Torino supporters have made it clear they are not at all enthused by the possibility of football coming back. In a message displayed outside their Stadio Olimpico Grande stadium, they said football officials were ‘the real virus’ and pointed out the mounting death toll.
‘Thousands of deaths in every city, but you think about the resumption of Serie A’, read one banner, while another said: ‘The real virus to be eradicated is you who want to go back to playing’.
Torino, like many Serie A sides, have now returned to individual training ahead of a possible restart, with players spread out across the pitch and undergoing basic drills following weeks of lockdown.
Italy was one of the first countries in Europe to be hit by the deadly disease and its top flight has been suspended since March 9. There have been nearly 220,000 infections in the country and more than 30,000 fatalities.