Serie A: Italian federation worried current season won't finish due to strict quarantine rules

Italy's rules mandate that the entire squad must be quarantined for 14 days should a player test positive for coronavirus. This puts the Serie A, which resumes on 20 June, on shaky ground.

Reuters June 05, 2020 19:55:12 IST
Serie A: Italian federation worried current season won't finish due to strict quarantine rules

Rome: The fixture list is ready and the restart date is confirmed but the Italian football federation (FIGC) is still worried that the Serie A season might not finish due to rules for quarantining players infected with COVID-19.

Serie A Italian federation worried current season wont finish due to strict quarantine rules

File image of Juventus players celebrating a goal from Cristiano Ronaldo. AP Photo

In most countries where football has restarted, such as Germany, the general rule is that when a player tests positive for coronavirus, he has to be quarantined but his teammates can continue training and playing provided they test negative.

However, in Italy, where Serie A is due to resume on 20 June, the government rule is that the entire squad must be quarantined for 14 days.

“It is creating anxiety for the whole football movement,” said FIGC president Gabriele Gravina, adding that he had asked sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora to reconsider the rule if the number of new cases in Italy continues to drop.

“There are clear rules which allow you to continue the activity, isolating (only) an athlete or a staff member,” he added, referring to the German Bundesliga.

The Serie A fixture list has teams playing two matches a week from 20 June to 2 August to complete the season but this could be thrown into disarray if a team have to be quarantined for 14 days. If several teams were quarantined, finishing the season would become impossible.

Gravina has put forward a number of backup solutions, which include a playoff system or simply declaring the current positions to be final, but none have been well received.

Last week, he came up with the idea of using an algorithm, based on team’s home and away form, to calculate their final points tally — and this also attracted widespread criticism.

According to a calculation by La Republican, the final standings using the algorithm would see AC Milan drop from seventh to ninth, potentially missing out on a Europa League place. There would be no other major changes.

“A lot of noise has been raised without even knowing what it’s about,” Gravina told Il Mattino in an interview. “Maybe we shouldn’t use the word algorithm. Let’s just call it a rating criteria inspired by sporting merit.”

Updated Date:

also read

COVID-19 spike in Delhi: National capital records over 19,760 cases from 1-10 August, sees 50% rise in containment zones
India

COVID-19 spike in Delhi: National capital records over 19,760 cases from 1-10 August, sees 50% rise in containment zones

National capital Delhi has recorded 40 deaths due to COVID-19 from 1-10 August, nearly thrice the cumulative figures registered in the last 10 days of July when 14 people had succumbed to the viral disease

Antibodies that may lead to next-gen vaccines for all COVID-19 strains found
India

Antibodies that may lead to next-gen vaccines for all COVID-19 strains found

The results show that certain animals are more able to make these types of 'pan-SARS virus' antibodies than humans, giving scientists clues as to how to make better vaccines

COVID-19: Experts warn about high risk of  transmission during festivals
India

COVID-19: Experts warn about high risk of  transmission during festivals

Amid a rise in coronavirus infections in some parts of the country, the central government has asked Delhi and six states to ensure adequate testing, promote Covid-appropriate behaviour and increase the pace of vaccination to contain the surge