Former FIGC General Manager Valentini on Lazio-Torino: “The League Should Have Found a Solution Earlier to Avoid Problems”

Former Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio (FIGC) general manager Antonello Valentini has called out Serie A over its handling of Torino’s disqualification result against Lazio.

Due to a notable coronavirus outbreak within the team, Torino failed to show for its Serie A fixture against Lazio. Thus, the Biancocelesti was awarded with a 3-0 win for the moment.

As he told TuttoMercatoWeb, Valentini sees that this dilemma is one that could have been handled much better had there been a more efficient and beneficial plan put into place before.

We are faced with a paradoxical situation where everyone is right and wrong. On the one hand, Lazio is asking for the application of the protocol, with Torino already having had a postponement and not being entitled to a second postponement. On the other hand, Torino rightly refers to the provision of the ASL of Torino and does not start.

The Lega di Serie A, instead of arguing only about the money from TV rights, should have retouched the protocol. And it had plenty of time after the Juve-Napoli ruling. In this way, it could have avoided this paradoxical situation. We have a tight schedule with dates that are difficult to find. For this reason, the League should have found a solution earlier to avoid problems.

It remains to be seen whether Lazio and Torino will still go on to play their scheduled fixture later this season. This could likely come for a mid-week match.

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