A member of the CTS (scientific technical committee) that helped design the medical protocol said ‘it’s possible’ they could loosen restrictions, but only if the COVID-19 pandemic slows.
Protests are growing against the medical protocol, which is due to start from Monday, as clubs and players call the Lega Serie A to demand changes from the Government.
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 FIGC has announced that from today, the Federal Prosecutor’s Office will investigate to ‘verify’ that the Serie A clubs are working in line with 'the health protocol approved by the government'.
If Serie A does indeed resume on June 13, the plan is to play every three to four days until August 2, with the Coppa Italia in July, Champions and Europa League in August.
Minister for Sport Vincenzo Spadafora warns Serie A cannot follow the Bundesliga model of only isolating COVID-19 positive players. ‘Consider Dynamo Dresden.’
The Lega Serie A announced a provisional date to resume the 2019-20 fixture list from June 13, with contact training to begin on Monday, after a medical protocol was agreed.
Vincenzo Spadafora has confirmed that Serie A clubs can resume training from May 18 after the FIGC made the necessary adjustments to its health protocol.
An Italian virologist points out if audiences are allowed in open-air concerts or theatres, ‘there’s no reason why football fans shouldn’t be treated the same way.’
Chief football medic Professor Enrico Castellacci suggests ‘if they had really wanted Serie A to resume, they would’ve copied the Bundesliga’ protocol for COVID-19.
The FIGC medical commission claims the Government is ‘throwing a spanner in the works’ and with the changes to the COVID-19 protocol, ‘Serie A will not resume.’
The Ministry of Health confirms that ‘without doubt, if anyone tests positive for COVID-19 within a club, it all stops’ under the Serie A protocol.
The return of Serie A is still far from certain, because the association of club medics warn ‘many are threatening to resign if they are considered legally responsible’ for players catching COVID-19.
The CTS intervenes in the resumption of Serie A, requiring that clubs keep their players and staff in isolation for 15-days in order to get the green light.
The scientific committee’s verdict on the medical protocol for Serie A during the coronavirus pandemic has again been postponed to tomorrow.
There were 165 deaths related to coronavirus in Italy over the last 24 hours, the lowest daily number in two months, but another 2,155 were given the all-clear.
Sassuolo general manager Giovanni Carnevali assures Inter will pay €20m for Stefano Sensi but warns ‘our prices won’t drop. We’re an expensive shop’.
Former Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio urges Serie A to resume amid the pandemic, because there are so many people relying on the sport and ‘zero risk is impossible.’
La Repubblica claims at least six Serie A clubs have not paid their players a wage since January, as the debate continues over pay cuts amid the coronavirus crisis.
The 2. Bundesliga plans to resume the season have immediately hit problems, as Dynamo Dresden announced another two COVID-19 cases, so the whole squad must go into quarantine.