The Italian football umbrella organization already shared in November 2020 FIGC with the fact that investigations have been initiated against the first division club Lazio Rome due to possible violations of the Corona regulations. It was loud then FIGC for violations of the health protocols to contain the corona pandemic.
The Laziali sports center was searched and the association interviewed the club’s president Claudio Lotito as well as the team doctor Ivo Pulcini and collected the reports on the corona tests carried out in the run-up to the games against Lazios FC Bruges and Zenit St. Petersburg in the Champions League and the FC Turin in Serie A.
Now, according to the Süddeutscher Zeitung, contrary to the Laziali’s hope to resolve the affair by means of a settlement or a fine, an official procedure has become: two club doctors and Lotito are supposed to answer before the court of the Italian football association.
Even the league exclusion threatens
External laboratory busy
According to SZ The association’s specific suspicion is that Lazio used players in the national league who should have been in quarantine – because they tested positive or had contact with people who tested positive. Lazio was the only Serie A club to have the required tests carried out by an external laboratory. This laboratory, “Future Diagnostics”, also took the cuts of the Serie B club Salernitata – also a club of Claudio Lotito.
The scandal began when players who tested negative according to Futura Diagnostica at the official UEFATests before the Champions-League– Playing against Bruges and St. Petersburg were suddenly positive. In the premier class, these players were all absent according to the regulations. But in club training and then also in the league, coach Simone Inzaghi apparently used them again without quarantine.
Real estate is also affected
One of the players affected is a superstar Ciro Immobile. That shot on November 1, 2020 at FC Turin the winning goal for Lazio – although he was after the UEFA-Test results in the Champions League actually should have been in quarantine. Lazio is also accused of not having passed the test results on to the health authorities, but the club is shifting this responsibility to Futura Diagnostica. Loud takes care of this lab SZ meanwhile the public prosecutor of Avellino, it’s about the facts of the “Causing an epidemic”.
In the first stage of the sports court proceedings against Lazio, this allegation is not the subject of the proceedings. It is possible, however, that this will change if Lotito or the doctors are found to have deliberately hushed up positive tests.
“Bavaria is world champion and European champion”
Until all of that is cleared up, the Romans try to focus on the sporty. In the league, Lazio is back in direct contact with Genoa through the 1-0 win on Saturday (20.02.21) against Sampdoria Genoa Champions-LeagueSeats. Goes into the duel with Bayern Inzaghi with great respect: “Bayern Munich is world champion and European champion”said the 44-year-old, referring to the clubWM and the Champions-League-Title.
The test of strength with the Munich is that “ The crowning achievement of the past few years”says Inzaghi and with all due respect makes it clear: “We want to play a game that allows us to qualify for the quarter-finals in Munich.”
with sid / dpa
Stand: 22.02.2021, 22:57