The latest in the long-running saga of Staph infections
On Tuesday, Italy’s health ministry said it had issued a public warning to all clubs in the country, warning that any club that had not reported their own Staph infection rate to the authorities was breaking the rules.
The ministry said the information was obtained from an email exchange between the national football federation and the football authorities in the Italian capital.
The email, sent to the national federation in September, included a list of clubs that had either failed to report to the health ministry or were reported to the league, which is the body that regulates football in Italy.
The federation is the governing body for Italian football.
“In this case, there is a clear and direct violation of the rules,” the ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.
“This information is being shared with the football associations to avoid any unnecessary confusion.”
The Italian football association had not commented on the situation, but the governing law does not allow for clubs to be penalised by fines.
This has led to heated debate in Italy, with clubs demanding that the government take action against them.
Last year, a group of footballers protested outside the Turin City stadium, demanding an end to the crisis.
“The government should take decisive action to stop the crisis, immediately,” they said.
The health ministry, which said the email was an example of clubs not reporting their infection rate, has since warned that a suspension of clubs for not reporting is not enough.
“As long as clubs do not comply with the regulations, they cannot be fined, so it is only necessary to issue a formal warning,” it said.
On Monday, the Health Ministry said it was looking into the issue of Strict Pest Control (StPC) measures in Italy and was considering taking a step against any clubs that have not been reporting their Staph cases to authorities.
“If any club has not reported Staph symptoms, then they cannot play in Italy,” the health department said in the statement.
“We do not want clubs that are not compliant with the rules to be fined.
The only thing that is allowed is a formal notice to the club.”