Serie A: Plans for late afternoon kickoffs of matches spark opposition from players

Plans to play some Serie A matches at 16:30 local time in the Italian summer have sparked opposition, with the captain of one team describing the idea as scandalous.

Reuters May 26, 2020 09:57:38 IST
Serie A: Plans for late afternoon kickoffs of matches spark opposition from players

Rome: Plans to play some Serie A matches at 16:30 local time in the Italian summer have sparked opposition, with the captain of one team describing the idea as scandalous.

Serie A Plans for late afternoon kickoffs of matches spark opposition from players

Representative photo. Image credit: Official Facebook page of Lega Serie A

Serie A is hoping to resume on 13 June following the coronavirus stoppage and would have to rush through 12 match days in a short space of time to complete the 2019/20 season. The government is due to decide on Thursday if and when the league can resume.

Several media reports over the weekend said that Serie A was planning to stagger matches being played on the same day with kickoffs at 16:30, 18:45 and 21:00 local time.

“Play at 16:30 in the middle of summer, June or July? There’s no way we’re playing at that time,” said Umberto Calcagno, the vice-president of the Italian Players’ Association (AIC), in an interview with La Repubblica.

“The (club) presidents just think of the television, not the health of the players.”

Brescia captain Daniele Gastaldello also expressed concern.

“You’re risking the safety of the players,” he told state broadcaster Rai in a radio interview. “Playing so many games, with high temperatures, won’t be easy. Playing at 16.30 is scandalous, it’s not feasible.”

Former Italy national team doctor Enrico Castellacci said it reminded him of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

“It’s hard to play at that time because it’s very hot in the summer,” he said in a radio interview. “I remember the World Cup in Brazil, we played with 90% humidity at one o’clock in the afternoon. These are difficult conditions to withstand.”

“It’s a time of day that I would have avoided.”

The Serie A season usually runs from late August until late May but has been suspended since 9 March. Matches are generally played at 12:30. 15:00, 18:00 and 21:00, although the afternoon kickoffs are avoided in August and early September.

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