Monday June 16 2014
Albertini hopes for time-outs

Demetrio Albertini hopes that FIFA will allow for time-outs during Italy’s next two World Cup fixtures, after the experience in Manaus.

FIFA opted against time-outs for Saturday evening’s match with England, as part of a system that assesses their need during World Cup matches this summer on a case by case basis.

With Italy preparing to face Costa Rica on Friday in a Group D fixture in Recife set for a 1pm local time kick-off, the FIGC’s Vice-President hopes that official breaks will be allowed.

“The referee against England thankfully gave the players time to hydrate during breaks in play, but we hope that in the next two games there will be time-outs,” Albertini has commented this week.

“The regulation provides certain parameters but that are very general - certain requirements have to be taken into consideration.

“In Manaus when the doctor decided not to include time-outs, the humidity was acceptable.

“But then in the field it almost certainly had risen above 78 per cent.

“We are concerned about the [Costa Rica] game being played at 1pm.”