With his team based in the Lombardy region where nearly 15,000 people have died from the coronavirus, Brescia captain Daniele Gastaldello said his entire squad opposes resuming the Serie A season.
“In Brescia we’ve all been touched,” Gastaldello told Italian daily La Repubblica in an interview published Thursday.
“We all know someone who has been directly hit by the tragedy. We’ve realised how little it takes to ruin a family.”
While most clubs in the Italian league are resuming training on an individual basis this week, last-place Brescia is one of the holdouts.
“We don’t feel safe. They’re asking us to resume training and to get back out onto the field right away, concentrating 12 matches in one-and-a-half months. It’s putting all of the players’ safety on the line,” Gastaldello said.
“I’m speaking for me and for my teammates. If the price of resuming is us getting seriously injured, it’s not worth it anymore. We’re afraid.”
Eight Serie A players have tested positive for the virus in pre-training testing this week: one at Torino, three at Fiorentina and four at Sampdoria.