The Italian Footballer Association(AIC) has said that clubs and leagues that are vulnerable must be protected in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, giving priorities to clubs at the bottom of the football league.
Coronavirus has brought sporting activities to a halt across the world, with Italy the hardest hit and still in lockdown to contain the spread of the deadly Virus.
Serie A was suspended on the 9th of March as well as other sports in the European nation, as officials debate whether to resume the 2019/20 season.
The Italian Footballer Association released a statement which read: “The weekly meeting of the AIC board was held today [Monday] and, therefore, with the representatives and captains of Serie A
“In the unfortunate event of the season-ending early, that scenario will certainly see us participate. That’s why footballers know they have a part to play. In this sense, it was highlighted that needs differed between the various categories, but everyone agreed on the objective of protecting the positions of the categories most in difficulty.
“The non-league world, women’s football and those with the lowest incomes in the professional leagues must be protected, also through the use of resources within the world of football and aid that may come from the general welfare system.
“The establishment of a welfare fund intended to support these precarious situations must involve all the parties involved. The players are already aware of this, but to date, it’s not known which part the other parties will want and have to play.
“The FIGC, the leagues, the international organizations – what will their contribution be to this cause? It’ll be one of the topics in discussions, which have already been going on for a few weeks now, and this must be our primary objective, with everyone playing their part.”
As of March 28th, there have been over 11,500 deaths and more than 101,700 confirmed cases in Italy.