We are not protected: Genoa sporting director reveals 17 players not match-fit due to COVID-19

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Daniele Faggiano, Sporting Director of Genoa opened up on his squad while speaking to  Radio Punto Nuovo ahead of their clash against Hellas Verona on October 18.

17 players of Genoa tested positive, says Daniele Faggiano


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Daniele Faggiano is concerned regarding the current circumstances amid COVID-19 pandemic. He might play his under-19 squad in the against Verona after as many as seventeen players or the senior team tested coronavirus positive.

The Genoa Sporting Director spoke about visiting Naples. He claimed that the local health authority did not allow them to train. He said that rules of football should be equal for everyone.

Daniele Faggiano said, “We went to Naples to play. The FIFA and UEFA rule doesn’t say that players who test negative must train and the ASL [the local health authority] blocked us and didn’t let us train.”

We are not protected: Genoa sporting director reveals 17 players not match-fit due to COVID-19 - THE SPORTS ROOM

“To make the decision to not travel to Turin we had to wait until Thursday. Napoli waited half an hour. I don’t have a problem with Napoli, but football must be the same for everyone.”

“If they say yes, I’m fooled to go to play. In Naples we were not guaranteed to get the results at 11.00am on Sunday and we had swabs at 1.00 in the morning”, said the Genoa Sporting Director.

Faggiano discussed that he would have to play the youth team against Verona. No proper decision has been announced after the players faced Torino is the midweek fixture.

He said, “We will go to Verona with the Primavera. The days are passing, and nothing has been decided. They wanted us to play in the midweek against Torino to recover, it’s incredible.”

“Now there’s a list. It’s ridiculous to have lists like this in the times of COVID. Some players have not left because of COVID.”

He talked about not being “safeguarded” amid the COVID crisis. He claimed to put them in bubble for few months and they will do sacrifices for the well being of the players and management.

He said, “We are not safeguarded in terms of health or matches. Put us in a bubble for four to five months, we will do anything in sacrifice. But there would have been a revolt from all if we had said it before.”

Genoa are currently positioned at eleven in the Serie A league table with one game played less than Roma. They played Napoli in their last fixture but were thrashed 6-0.

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