Italian soccer leaders call on government to reconsider medical protocol

ROME: Italian soccer leaders have asked the government to reconsider the medical examination protocol has been authorized as a condition to allow Series A to restart after coronavirus unemployment.

The Serie A 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".

Series A is expected to resume on June 13, but the government has not yet decided whether and when it can continue. However, it does have authorized clubs to start team training starting Monday.

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

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Serie A clubs and player association say this is impractical as it would only take a handful of positive tests on different teams to cause a spate of postponed games.

They argue that, in countries where league restart has been authorized, only the infected player needs to be isolated.

The clubs also want the government to remove the requirement that teams and their staff spend 15 isolated days on a training retreat before the league begins again.

Series A said Friday's meeting took place in an atmosphere of active collaboration.

"The points of the protocol that are difficult to implement were analysed and some tweaks were constructively elaborated in order to solve problems," it said in a statement.

It said the meeting had ended with an a proposal for alterations to the protocol which would be submitted to the sports and ministries of health.

The protocol was initially drawn up by the FIGC but was described as insufficient by Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora and adjusted by the government.

"We had said many times that certain protocol s were not feasible and we are pleased to see that the Serie A is behind us," said former Italy national team doctor Enrico Castellacci , the president of the Italian Association of Football Doctors .