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Italy's Chiellini admires Luis Suarez for World Cup 2014 bite: 'Malice is part of football'

Sid Lowe disagrees with Giorgio Chiellini sympathising with Luis Suarez for his bite during the 2014 World Cup.
Gab Marcotti praises Giorgio Chiellini for admitting he made a mistake criticising Mario Balotelli.
Gab Marcotti expresses his surprise at the comments Giorgio Chiellini directed at former Italy teammate Mario Balotelli.

Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini admires Uruguay forward Luis Suarez for biting him during a heated match at the 2014 World Cup, he said in his autobiography.

Suarez, who escaped punishment during the game, was later banned for four months plus nine internationals -- but Chiellini said he bore no grudge towards him.

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Serie A teams cleared for group training ahead of make-or-break May 28 vote

Gab Marcotti explains why we should see a return to action in Serie A by the middle of June.

The Italian government will decide on May 28 if and when the Serie A season can resume, Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora said on Tuesday as he also announced that teams could start full group training immediately.

The Italian league has been suspended since March 9 and hopes to start in mid-June, but is still waiting for government approval.

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Italy Olympic committee chief: 99% chance Serie A will resume June 13

Gab Marcotti says Serie A's intentions to restart on June 13 still depend on government approval.

The head of Italy's Olympic committee (CONI) believes there is a 99% chance that the government will allow Serie A to resume on June 13, he said on Thursday.

However, CONI president Giovanni Malago said he could not predict whether clubs would be able to complete the season while the players' union (AIC) said the government's policy on dealing with a positive coronavirus test risked another stoppage.

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Coronavirus: Serie A hopes to return on June 13

Gab Marcotti says Serie A's intentions to restart on June 13 still depend on government approval.
Gab Marcotti is appalled by Giorgio Chiellini's comments about Mario Balotelli and Felipe Melo.
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Gab Marcotti explains how unpaid player wages could throw a wrench in Serie A's plans to resume play.
Gab Marcotti outlines how the Italian Serie A is attempting to see out the current season safely.

Serie A has agreed on a June 13 resumption date following a video call with all 20 clubs in the Italian league on Wednesday.

The return is subject to government approval. 

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Teams are already planning to return to full team training on May 18, following government approval of the league's medical protocol in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Individual sessions have...

Balotelli is a negative person with no respect - Juventus defender Chiellini

Gab Marcotti expresses his surprise at the comments Giorgio Chiellini directed at former Italy teammate Mario Balotelli.
Gab Marcotti outlines how the Italian Serie A is attempting to see out the current season safely.
Gab Marcotti hopes Federico Chiesa stays at Fiorentina to keep Serie A somewhat balanced and competitive.
Julien Laurens and Gab Marcotti explain why they cannot see Paul Pogba joining Inter Milan.
Julien Laurens and Ale Moreno pick whether Mario Balotelli and Alexandre Pato left more to be desired.

Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini has dismissed former Italy teammate Mario Balotelli as a "negative person" with no respect. 

Five-time Serie A champion Chiellini made the comments in an interview with La Repubblica before the publication of his autobiography which also talks about the Brescia striker.

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"Balotelli is a negative person, with no respect for teammates,"...