Tuesday June 2 2020
Chief medic: 'Quarantine must be halved'

Chief football medic Professor Enrico Castellacci has claimed the quarantine period must be halved and is against opening the stadiums for fans.

Serie A resumes from June 20 and the former National team doctor has claimed it was only right to let football have the same possibilities as the rest of society.

“Let’s face it, the resumption of Serie A is already a great victory,” he told the Corriere dello Sport. “Much of the credit goes to the FIGC, which has not stopped at the first problems and the walls that the politicians have raised in recent months.

“The world is starting up again, the locals fill up, the shops reopen, life flows in the streets. It seems right to me that an important industry like that of football has the same possibilities.”

However, Castellacci is still concerned that there’s a great risk of not completing the championship under the current protocol.

“Clubs in the top tier will be able to apply the protocol safely, but have unmatched economic, organisational, logistical and human potential.

“As an association, we have brought two documents to the Federcalcio to give Serie B and Serie C doctors a voice. The former have concerns, the latter in 90 per cent of the cases say that they can’t enforce the protocol.

“If there’s a federal and political will to coincide and if everyone has chosen to go ahead, as it seems, why not think of a reduction of quarantine to seven days?

“Only in this way the championship could move forward. The 14 days are too much, and the Ministry of Health regulations are dated February 21. In the meantime, the scenario has changed.”

And he has claimed the public will have to wait for a return to the stands, as he is sceptic about letting people into stadiums in Italy, even with reduced capacity.

“Right now, I find it difficult. If there’s an obligation to quarantine 300 people for a single case of Covid-19, let alone what could happen if the public entered the facilities… Let’s take one step at a time.”

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