Italy Players Face Sanction For Refusing To Play Away

Story By: Alex Cope, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Golder’s News And Sport

Picture Credit: Golders/@mirko.bruccini

This pair of Italian footballers could face sanctions for refusing to travel to an away match in a “high-risk zone” for the coronavirus before the entire country was put on lockdown.

Midfielder Mirko Bruccini and left-back Tommaso D’Orazio, who play for Serie B Cosenza Calcio, refused to travel with the team for their Serie B clash with Chievo Verona last night (Monday).

The pair reportedly refused to travel to Verona because the city is considered one of the “high-risk” areas for contracting COVID-19 in Italy and the match was played behind closed doors.

Picture Credit: Golders/@mirko.bruccini

Cosenza said in an official statement: “Cosenza Calcio, in relation to the absence of Mirko Bruccini and Tommaso D’Orazio on the trip to Verona, who, despite being called up for the Chievo-Cosenza match, have refused to travel with the rest of the team members, reserves the right to adopt any measure that it deems appropriate against both players.”

Italy has suffered 9,172 confirmed cases of COVD-19 leading to 463 deaths and the country has now been placed under nationwide quarantine.

Cosenza, who lost the match 2-0, sit in 19th place in Serie B and face relegation, while Chieva are in 8th place after the win.

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