Lazio has called three experts for their defense regarding the inconsistent Covid-19 test results case ahead of tomorrow’s first hearing at Federal Court.
According to a report from Italian newspaper La Repubblica (via LazioNews24) earlier today, club president Claudio Lotito will try to explain his position and defend the decisions made regarding the Covid-19 testing case that thrust the team into the spotlight in the first half of the season.
The first expert called by Lazio was Professor Fabrizio Pregliasco, director of the Galeazzi Institute in Milan, who said:
The evaluation of the multiple molecular and serological tests makes me believe that the test carried out on 26th October is a presumably false positive test and therefore a healthy and non-infectious condition of the player Immobile during the match on 1st November and that no shortcomings can be attributed to the club Lazio.
Dr. Francesco Bondanini, director of the UOC Hub 2 Laboratory (which is in charge of the health of 2 million inhabitants in Rome), said:
It is not and was not the responsibility of Lazio to inform the competent Local Health Authorities of the positive Covid test and no remarks can be made.
The two experts will be joined by Patrizio Rossi, Inail’s central health superintendent.
As far as the part relating to the ‘objective responsibility’ of Lazio is concerned, it will be based on the organisational aspect of the club for which certain decisions “are the exclusive responsibility of the medical staff.”