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The leaders of Italian football ask the government to rethink the medical protocol

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Italian football leaders have asked the government to reconsider their medical protocol as a condition for allowing Series A to restart after the coronavirus stop.

After a meeting with the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) and team doctors representatives on Friday, the Serie A league said parts of the protocol were "hard to implement."

Series A hopes to resume on June 13 but the government has not yet decided whether and when it will be able to go ahead. However, it has authorized clubs to start Monday's team training.

The main sticking point was the insistence of the Minister of Health that the entire team would have to go into quarantine for 14 days if a player tests positive for the coronavirus.

Series A clubs and the players' association say this isn't practical as it would only take a handful of positive tests in different teams to cause a flurry of postponed games.

They argue that only the infected player needs to be isolated in countries where league re-start has been authorized.

The clubs also want the government to drop a requirement that teams and their staff spend 15 days in isolation before the league re-starts in a training retreat.

Series A said the meeting was held Friday in "an atmosphere of active collaboration."

"The hard-to-implement points of the protocol were analyzed and some tweaks were constructively developed to solve problems," he said in a statement.

It said the meeting ended with a proposal to amend the protocol to be submitted to the ministries of sports and health.

The protocol was initially drafted by the FIGC but was described by Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora as insufficient and adjusted by the Government.

"We have said many times that certain protocols were not feasible and we are pleased to see that Series A is behind us," said former Italy national team doctor Enrico Castellacci, president of the Association of Italian Football Doctors.

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