During a pandemic, not only players but officials also have concerns about playing but it will at least stop players crowding around a referee from protesting, said refereeing designator Nicola Rizzoli.
With the intention to launch Series A matches from 13 or 20 June, team preparation resumed this week.
“We are ready for the season to restart and await news from the Government meeting on May 28,” Rizzoli told Rai Radio 1.
“As soon as we know exactly what the medical protocol is, we can begin to adopt the strategy to get back on the pitch. For now, it’s just suggestions, but the referees have been training for some time to keep up their fitness levels.”
Resuming matches in a pandemic is a concern for some players, Rizzoli added to the same that referees are also in the same position.
“There is some worry, some issues that need to be resolved and we’re waiting to see how the various steps will be addressed to ensure we can resume in safety.”
“We officials have different concerns to clubs because we have 80 people coming from all over Italy and they will need to travel. It’s about being very careful indeed.”
It was indicated that the medical procedure for Series A matches does not require going within two meters of the referee, which would probably abbreviate the tradition of protesting players gathering around the official.
“We have the opportunity to do something new after this emergency situation,” added Rizzoli.
“If we realize that protests are pointless and respect is fundamental, we could all benefit from that. Clearly that protests will have to be done differently to usual, as there has to be reciprocal respect of social distancing measures and a warning if not a yellow card if anyone breaches that.”
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