NEWS
Sunday May 24 2020
No early kick-offs in Serie A

According to reports, there are some changes to the medical protocol for games, such as scrapping afternoon kick-offs and keeping the door open for reducing quarantine.

The protocol for group training was agreed this week and that represented a huge step forward in restarting the Serie A season.

It remains largely unchanged for organising matches, but there are a few adjustments.

The most important one is what happens if a player or member of staff tests positive for COVID-19.

The protocol was agreed that the person in question will be quarantined, while the entire group will stay isolated for 14 days, but they will be allowed to continue training during that period.

The difference is that the door is left open for a revision in future should the general pandemic situation in the country change.

There are hopes that the rest of the squad could be allowed to break that isolation early if they pass two COVID-19 tests in 48 hours.

Another change to the original proposal has scrapped the 16.30 local time kick-offs, as this would be too hot in the height of an Italian summer.

Games will therefore only be scheduled for the evening, when the sun has gone down.

The protocol will be evaluated by the CTS (technical scientific committee) and a verdict given by the Government on Thursday May 28.

At that point, it'll be decided if and when the Serie A fixtures can resume.

The plan remains for June 13, but June 20 is becoming increasingly likely as the start date.

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