Ref protests banned during COVID-19 crisis

The protocol for Serie A matches during the COVID-19 pandemic is being finalised, including rules on catering, media, placing substitutes in the stands and banning protests to the referee.

Although the medical protocol for group training was agreed this week, a more complex version still has to be set in stone for games to be played from June 13 or 20.

According to the draft printed in Il Tempo newspaper, it is 36 pages long and covers every conceivable detail.

Naturally, mascots and handshakes are banned, so is the group photograph before kick-off.

Players are ordered not to protest with the referee or go within 1.5 metres of the official at any time.

Catering can only be done by the club’s own chef, while social distancing can be guaranteed on the bench by moving some substitutes into the stands.

Warm-ups will try to involve social distancing, letting them jog and exercise in separate areas of the pitch.

Even the media will be restricted from entering the stadium, first having to fill in a questionnaire about symptoms and undergoing a temperature test.

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