As a result of the emergence and the worsening conditions of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the Italian government suspended all sporting activities in the country on March 9, 2020.
For this reason, football players have had to stay determined to remain fit since then. This is because, despite the virus causing more than 29,000 fatalities in Italy to date, the Italian Football Federation stated that the 2019/20 Serie A season would definitely come to a conclusion sometime after the current lockdown had ended.
The date was largely unknown until the government announced that training was allowed to occur once again on May 6, 2020.
Lazio Won’t Cut Player Wages, the Only Team in Italy – President of the Team Is Confident.
Lazio was one of the first teams in Europe that refused to cut player wages. They were soon followed by the likes of La Liga giants Real Madrid and several other top European clubs. This, however, was the opposite of what most clubs did.
Even Lazio’s derby rivals AS Roma agreed to let go of four months of salaries – starting from the beginning of March 2020 to the end of June 2020 – due to the pandemic. For the Giallorossi, this means that they will save a total of €30 million, which can be used to help the club staff who are under the Italian government’s safety net scheme.
Claudio Lotito, the President of Lazio, feels very positive about the team’s budget and wants to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic in a different way. Players are also very interested in different options of help to COVID-19 pandemic and the ‘American’ way of fighting COVID-19 could be a perfect approach.
Perfect Way to Help COVID-19 / Charity That American Sportsmen and Celebrities Do
Several athletes and celebrities are doing everything to help people during COVID-19 lockdown. Among these people are American football athletes, staff, and coaches, and international celebrities – such as Matt Damon and Ben Affleck – who were the hosts of a poker night to raise money.
Affleck announced his intention earlier on Instagram; he said that he would join forces with ‘Feeding America‘, also persuading other celebrities to join him. He said that the cause of the organization is more critical now than ever before; a result of the pressure the pandemic is putting on the food banks.
This event lasted for a few hours; celebrities were playing an online real money casino game while also interacting with fans at the same time. Twitch live broke records and the event helped to feed and nourish those people who cannot afford to feed themselves during this crisis.
The money that they raised, $1.1 million, will be important to help many people in America. Michael Loncar and Justin Kelly hosted the event on Twitch; the celebrity entrants in the game were Adam Sandler, Bryan Cranston, Tom Brady, Kevin Pollak, Sarah Silverman, Adan Levine, Cheryl Hines, Jason Bateman, Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith, and Tobey Maguire, in addition to professional poker player Ebony Kenny (who won the game).
This could be a perfect option for football players worldwide – especially those in Italy – as there are many Italian footballers who could live stream events (via Twitch) that would raise money, which could ultimately be used to fight the effects that have stemmed from COVID-19.