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Serie A urges government to modify restart rule

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ROME • Italian football leaders have asked the government to re-consider the medical protocol it has authorised as a condition for allowing Serie A to restart after the coronavirus stoppage.

The league said after a meeting with the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) and representatives of team doctors on Friday that parts of the protocol were "difficult to implement".

The Italian top flight is hoping to resume on June 13 but the government has not yet decided if and when it can go ahead. It has, however, authorised clubs to begin team training from tomorrow.

The main sticking point has been the Minister of Health's insistence that, if a player tests positive for the Covid-19 virus, the entire team would have to go into quarantine for 14 days.

The Serie A clubs and the players' association says this is not practical as it would take only a handful of positive tests in different teams to cause a flurry of postponed games. They argue that, in countries where the restart of the league has been authorised, only the infected player needs to be isolated.

"What worries us, and we have represented this to sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora who has been receptive and considerate, is the issue of mandatory quarantine for the whole team in case of a new positive (test)," FIGC president Gabriele Gravina told state broadcaster RAI.

The clubs also want the government to drop a requirement that teams and their staff spend 15 days isolated in a training retreat before the league resumes.

Players would theoretically have to practise together, then eat and sleep at the training centre or a hotel entirely available to the team to avoid any risk of contagion. Many clubs do not have theRead More – Source