New medical protocol could be breakthrough

The FIGC has sent a new 14-page medical protocol to the Minister for Sport, who immediately passed it on to the CTS for approval, as Serie A might finally have a breakthrough for the return to training.

The Lega Serie A, Players’ Association and Association of Sports Medics all rejected the protocol agreed by the Government on Wednesday, mainly because it demands a whole group to be quarantined for 15 days if there is one positive COVID-19 test.

Germany, Spain and seemingly also England will only isolate the individual who has coronavirus and simply ramp up the testing on the others.

The new protocol was drawn up today and has been passed by the Lega Serie A to the FIGC, who in turn gave it to Minister for Sport Vincenzo Spadafora, who has already handed it over to the CTS (scientific technical committee) for evaluation.

A verdict should be received over the next few days, at which point Serie A teams can finally begin to train in groups with full contact rather than by keeping social distancing.

The 14-page document included several changes, such as allowing players to return home if they use their own mode of transport, wearing masks and gloves.

If there is a positive case, that individual will be isolated immediately, then all the others in the group will isolate within a fiduciary building, for example the training ground or a hotel that is used only by them.

This is a sort of middle ground, meaning the squad is isolated, but not automatically for two weeks.

More importantly, it means they will be able to continue training with each other, but are isolated from their families and other teams.

During this period, they will be swabbed every 48 hours for two weeks, as well as blood tests once every 10 days, until they are declared free from COVID-19.

However, all this is just for the period of group training and other rules entirely will need to be agreed for when the Serie A matches can resume, which in theory is from June 13.

Sky Sport Italia are confident this will be the breakthrough needed, so that teams can begin contact training without fear the season will be cut short again immediately.

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