The Technical Scientific Committee (CTS) has approved the medical protocol to restart Serie A games.
This includes the “zealous” rule of mass quarantine for one positive case, according to news agency ANSA. This remains an issue for the clubs and has been criticized by Professor Enrico Castellacci, President of the Italian Sport Medics Association.
“I would bet on the Serie A season starting up again, but I’m not sure I’d bet on it reaching a conclusion,” former Italy chief medic Castellacci told Radio Capital. “With one positive case and the 14-day rule, I would see that as the end to the season.”
The quarantine rule remains the same as for the contact training protocol, despite calls for it to be changed or scrapped.
That means if one person in the group – player or member of staff – tests positive for COVID-19, that individual is quarantined, while the whole group has to go to a 14-day training ground retreat in isolation.
This was still a fundamental step towards giving the all-clear for matches after the coronavirus pandemic to get back on track. The last Serie A match was played on March 9, prior to the lockdown.
The probable date for the restart is June 13, but it will be either for the pending semi-finals of Coppa Italia or the remaining Week 25 fixtures that were postponed at the outbreak’s start.
Italian sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora is due to decide today when and if the Series A season can resume.
The report states that the FIGC, Lega Serie A and Players’ Association ‘appreciated the detail of the analysis’ presented by the CTS.