The Protocol for Series A matches during the COVID-19 pandemic is being finalized. Although the medical protocol for group training was agreed this week, a more complex version still needs to be set in stone for games to be played on June 13 or 20.
For group training and even before matches, warm-ups should aim to include social distances, allowing them to jog and exercise in different parts of the pitch. But the new protocol covers more than just the players’ safety.
According to the draft published in the Il Tempo newspaper, it is 36 pages long and covers every imaginable detail, including regulations on catering, the media, the location of substitutes in the stands, and the prohibition of arbiter protests.
For example, mascots and handshakes are forbidden, so is the group photograph before the kick-off.
Even the media will be prohibited from entering the arena, first having to fill out a symptom questionnaire and undergo a temperature test.
Moreover, players are ordered not to protest with the referee or to leave at any time within 1.5 meters of the official.
Finally, catering can only be achieved by the club’s own chef, although social distancing can be assured on the bench by pushing a few replacements into the stands.