Protests are increasing against the medical procedure, which is expected to launch on Monday, as clubs and players are calling on the Lega Serie A to demand policy reforms.
A confrontation is in the offing and time is running out, as community preparation is supposed to commence on May 18, Football Italia writes, with a plan to play Serie A games from June 13.
The scientific procedure negotiated with the FIGC this week, however, has been slammed as something but unlikely and impossible from all directions. The Players ‘Association and Agents’ Association today issued statements requesting improvements to the protocol, though team medics became active in opposition.
They are especially unsettled by the idea that club medics are considered criminally accountable if anyone contracts COVID-19 in their supervision, even though that happens off the training ground.
Also, if one player or team member tests positive for COVID-19, it forces the whole squad to go into isolation for 15 days.
The best way to follow this procedure to finish the season will be to hold the whole team in a preparation retreat with personnel for the duration of the competition, which would presumably not conclude until July 31, or far into August whether they are in the Champions League or Europa League.
There are currently only 27 rooms on the training ground at Pinetina, it is not enough to accommodate everyone, particularly if a positive case and quarantine is required.
Many teams are clearly not prepared for the period of time to keep them all in there, like Inter, Milan, and Roma. La Repubblica says director Beppe Marotta also found the rule “unworkable and unnecessary.”
The clubs will ask the Lega Serie A to go back to the government and FIGC tomorrow, seeking further improvements to the professional procedure.