Serie A restart: Italy begins drawing up medical guidelines

Foto Cafaro/LaPresse 3 Marzo 2019 Napoli, Italia sport calcio Napoli vs Juventus - Campionato di calcio Serie A TIM 2018/2019 - stadio San Paolo. Nella foto: arbitro Rocchi espelle Alex Meret (SSC Napoli). Photo Cafaro/LaPresse March 3, 2019 Naples, Italy sport soccer Napoli vs Juventus - Italian Football Championship League A TIM 2018/2019 - San Paolo stadium. In the pic: Alex Meret (SSC Napoli) receives the red card from referee Rocchi.

Italy’s football federation (FIGC) has begun to draw up medical guidelines for a possible restart of Serie A, which has been suspended since March 9 because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The FIGC said its medical committee held a video conference to “analyse and define a guarantee protocol for football in the event that sports activities are allowed to resume.”

Serie A was roughly two-thirds of the way through the season when it was interrupted and the FIGC wants to complete the campaign to reduce financial damage.

It has said it is prepared to continue until September or October if necessary.

Italy has been one of the world’s worst-hit countries by the coronavirus outbreak and its death toll rose to 15,362 on Wednesday with a total of 124,632 cases.

A number of Serie A footballers are among those who have been infected.

If and when we should get the green light for a gradual re-start, the world of football must be ready,” said FIGC president Gabriele Gravina.

Given the role that football plays in Italian society, I am convinced that we can make an important contribution to the whole country.”

It said the protocol would include which tests should be conducted on players who have had the virus with “particular attention to the respiratory and cardiovascular system.