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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