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Saturday May 23 2020
Rizzoli: 'VAR when Serie A returns'

Refereeing designator Nicola Rizzoli assures Serie A will be able to count on VAR technology when the season resumes. ‘We made enormous efforts to secure everything.’

There were concerns that social distancing guidelines would scupper the use of the Video Assistant Referee system during the coronavirus pandemic.

“We made enormous efforts to secure everything and we will be able to resume by using technology,” Rizzoli told Rai Radio 1.

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Saturday May 23 2020
Most Serie A teams start group training

Now that the medical protocol has been approved, most Serie A teams are already training in groups, but some are still keeping social distancing until Monday.

The FIGC, Government, Lega Serie A and Players’ Association finally reached an agreement on the medical protocol for contact training this week, after several versions were rejected.

It has given them the option of working in games between ranks and reducing social distancing, but not everyone has taken that opportunity up yet.

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Saturday May 23 2020
COVID increasingly localised in Lombardy

There were 119 deaths related to COVID-19 in Italy over the last 24 hours, while 441 of the 669 new active cases are in the Lombardy region.

The curve continues to flatten after three months of the pandemic, with the first case registered on February 20.

There were 119 deaths since yesterday, 56 of them in the epicentre of Lombardy, taking the total to 32,735.

Another 2,120 people made a full recovery, while there were 669 new cases (441 of them in Lombardy), meaning the number of overall active coronavirus cases dropped by 1,570 to 57,752.

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Saturday May 23 2020
Serie A prepares match protocol

The FIGC is finalising the new proposed protocol for Serie A matches, including special measures to isolate players, quick-response COVID-19 tests and potentially shorter quarantine periods.

Teams were finally able to start group training this week, as the Government agreed the medical protocol for players and staff to reduce social distancing.

The next step is to work out how they can stage games – including trips to different cities – in safety.

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Saturday May 23 2020
Pozzo: 'June 13 too early for Udinese games'

Udinese resumed group training today, but patron Giampaolo Pozzo continues to insist Serie A should not start as early as June 13.

A statement from the club confirmed all their players and staff tested negative for COVID-19, so by sticking to the medical protocol, they will begin contact training from this afternoon.

The plan is to start Serie A games from either June 13 or June 20, with Udinese one of those pushing for a delay.

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Friday May 22 2020
Serie A: Match protocol by May 28

The Lega Serie A and the Italian Sports Medical Federation pass on the medical protocol for the resumptions of matches to the FIGC, who will evaluate and send to the Government by May 28.

Corriere della Sera claims the FIGC will study an initial protocol, different from the group training protocol, made by FMSI and the Lega, before delivering it to the Government by Thursday next week.

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Thursday May 21 2020
Players' Association on 'unacceptable' ruling

The Italian Players’ Association released a statement warning they will not stand for the financial incentives that could allow clubs to avoid paying their employees.

The FIGC passed down a series of rulings yesterday, including ways of helping Serie A, B and C clubs to get through the financial difficulty of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Thursday May 21 2020
Ref protests banned during COVID-19 crisis

The protocol for Serie A matches during the COVID-19 pandemic is being finalised, including rules on catering, media, placing substitutes in the stands and banning protests to the referee.

Although the medical protocol for group training was agreed this week, a more complex version still has to be set in stone for games to be played from June 13 or 20.

According to the draft printed in Il Tempo newspaper, it is 36 pages long and covers every conceivable detail.

Naturally, mascots and handshakes are banned, so is the group photograph before kick-off.

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Thursday May 21 2020
Serie A staggered kick-offs?

Serie A matches should hopefully resume by June 13 or 20, but it’s reported there will be three different kick-off times throughout the day, including three midweek rounds.

There are still 124 games to be played if the 2019-20 season is to reach its natural conclusion and the agreement of a medical protocol for group training was the most significant step forward.

A final decision will be made on May 28 as to if and when the Serie A fixtures start up again.

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Thursday May 21 2020
Ulivieri: 'June 20 realistic for Serie A'

Coaches’ Association President Renzo Ulivieri is confident Serie A will resume, but ‘June 20 is more realistic than June 13.’

The medical protocol for group training was finally agreed this week and another meeting on May 28 will decide if and when the games will take place.

“I get the feeling Serie A can finally get back on track, as we received encouraging signs on that score,” Ulivieri told Radio Kiss Kiss.

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