Thursday May 14 2020
Players and agents demand protocol 'clarity'

The Italian Players’ Association and Agents’ Association released statements demanding ‘clarity’ on the medical protocol to resume Serie A, again protesting the automatic quarantine of an entire squad.

The protocol was agreed between the FIGC, Lega Serie A and the Government’s technical committee (CTS), allowing group training to begin from May 18 and in theory Serie A matches from June 13.

However, the steps in the protocol are causing a great deal of controversy and consternation, namely the proviso that if one person in squad or staff tests positive for COVID-19, the entire group must go into an automatic 15-day quarantine.

A statement was released by the AIC (Players Association) regarding “confusion” over the protocol.

“The method of dealing with an eventual positive case does not seem suitable to guarantee the season will be completed. There is the concrete risk of having to stop again as soon as we get on to the pitch, rendering all our efforts thus far in vain.

“What we feel is the need for clarity on the future of the protocol that can be concretely applied in the weeks after the first phase of the training retreat, above all when it comes to playing games.

“Knowing what steps we need to go through would help us share that journey, without pointless risks or misunderstandings at this moment.”

The Asso-Agenti (Agents’ Association) also released a similar statement complaining that there was “too much red tape” and the 15-day quarantine for the entire group set football too far apart from any other business.

The demand from the Government to hold club medics liable for coronavirus infection was also called “absolutely incomprehensible.”

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