Rizzoli: ‘Referees can discuss one-on-one’

Refereeing designator Nicola Rizzoli has claimed the players can confront the referees with a ‘quiet dialogue between two people’ when Serie A resumes.

The referees will still be allowed to explain their decisions to the players under the new protocol but Rizzioli points out that it must be done with caution.

“You can have a quiet dialogue with respect for the referee,” he told SportMediaset. “Therefore, a confrontation between two people, not one against four. Respect starts with distance.”

Rizzoli, who has confirmed VAR will be in place when the championship resumes, reassures that the referees will be given the right games despite the travel difficulties.

“The priority is to have the right referee for the right game, even if we have to take into account how they will arrive at the stadium.”

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Former Roma player Bouasse died of cardiac arrest

Former Roma youngster Joseph Bouasse Perfection died at the age of 21 last night after suffering a heart attack.

The midfielder from Cameroon never played for Roma but was picked up by the Giallorossi one and a half years after having been on trial at Trigoria.

Bouasse died at 21 last night of sudden cardiac arrest, three months after having joined U Cluj in the second tier of Romanian football, and was the last signing made by Walter Sabatini before the former sporting director stepped down from his role at Trigoria.

Bouasse trained with the first team, including players like Francesco Totti and Daniele De Rossi, on many occasions and appeared 11 times for Roma’s youth team.

He had a six-month spell on loan at Vicenza in 2017 before his contract at Roma expired in 2018.

Bouasse moved to Universitatea Cluj in Romania in February 2020.

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Tommasi raises contract issue

Players’ Association President Damiano Tommasi insists the only way they can move through the issue of contracts expiring is ‘with a gentleman’s agreement.’

The season is extended to at least August because of the two-month lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic, but contracts still expire on June 30.

“It’s impossible to get a legal extension,” AIC President Tommasi told Sky Sport Italia.

“A gentlemen’s agreement is an option, but there are so many different situations. There are Serie A clubs with players on loan to other teams, so we need an agreement from all three parties.

“Let’s not even mention those players whose contracts expire on June 30 and have perhaps already signed for another club. I can see people trying to make the most of this situation.”

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Players rule out 16.30 kick-off

The Players’ Association warned the idea of playing Serie A games at 16.30 local time in the peak of summer is ‘out of the question.’

There had been suggestions the fixtures would be spread out through three kick-off times, at 16.30, 18.45 and 21.00.

However, in the medical protocol presented to the Minister for Sport today, there was no sign of the earlier match slot.

“Playing at 16.30 in the afternoon, at the height of summer, in June and July, is out of the question,” AIC vice-president Umberto Calcagno told La Repubblica.

“I know there were some early games in the 1994 World Cup, but those were only a couple. Here they’d be more and perhaps in the same weekend.

“Club Presidents have to worry about the health and safety of their players, not just TV rights and ratings. We are open to games at 18.45 and 21.00.”

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Sevilla players break lockdown rules

There is controversy in Spain after four Sevilla players – including former Serie A men Franco Vazquez, Lucas Ocampos and Ever Banega – broke lockdown rules.

Sevilla are due to face Roma in the Europa League Round of 16.

They were discovered when Banega’s wife posted an image on social media showing that there were 12 people gathered together with friends and family around a table in what appeared to be a pool party.

The Spanish Government rules ban gatherings of over 10 people during the coronavirus pandemic.

According to AS and Marca, the players could now face fines from La Liga as well as the Government.

The players present included Vazquez, Ocampos, Banega and Luuk de Jong.

Banega has already issued an apology “to our club, our fans and society in general. It won’t happen again. Now we just want to get back to playing as soon as possible.”

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has also been accused of breaking the lockdown rules by visiting his second home.

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