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Football: Italian refs hoping for more respect when Serie A returns

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ROME: The head of the Italian Referees Association (AIA) hopes match officials will be treated with greater respect if and when Serie A returns following the coronavirus stoppage.

"I hope this virus will teach us to change our attitudes and have a bit more respect," AIA head Marcello Nicchi told Radio Sportiva in an interview.

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"Was the coronavirus needed to say that players should keep their distance from the referee when they protest? It's an ethical issue that I hope everyone will assimilate."

The Italian government has said it will decide on May 28 if and when Serie A, which has been suspended since Mar 9, can restart.

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