Lazio President Claudio Lotito gives bizarre interview after his side’s COVID testing controversy

John Solano

Lazio President Claudio Lotito was interviewed today by La Repubblica to discuss the controversy his club finds itself embroiled in.

The Biancocelesti have come under fire after three of their players – Ciro Immobile, Lucas Leiva, and Thomas Strakosha – tested positive for COVID ahead of their previous two Champions League matches but negative for their Serie A fixtures against Torino and Juve.

Lotito criticised the testing process after the laboratory that his side has used since May in Avellino returned negative swabs for his players yesterday — even though two separate laboratories returned with three positive results.

“I told you, it’s like a magic trick, what even is positive?” Lotito said.

“Positive means contagious, right? There are bacteria in the vaginas of all women in the world, that doesn’t mean they are pathogens. Only in some cases do they become pathogens and degenerate.”

”There’s uncertainty in the interpretation of the results. For me, doctors must make these evaluations. There isn’t an objective interpretation.”

”This is why I asked (FIGC President) Gravina to introduce a measure that has everyone tested at the same place — I suggested Federlab.”

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