Gravina: “New solutions are needed to secure the future of football at both professional and amateur levels: current measures can are unsustainable”"It's a fantastic achievement to reach the end of the season, but I don't think it's conceivably possible that we could do tests every four days”
Monday, July 27, 2020
Moving on from the success of avoiding an early finish to the Serie A season, with the top flight of Italian football now nearing its conclusion, the FIGC must now face up to the many concerns and uncertainties regarding plans for next season, starting with the need to change current sanitary protocols that will soon no longer be applicable. These were some of the issues addressed by FIGC President Gabriele Gravina, who spoke to 'La Politica nel pallone' on the Rai Gr Parlamento radio channel: "In such a difficult and complicated time for Italian sport and for the whole of Italy as a result of this virus - observed Gravina, while congratulating Juventus on winning the Scudetto – "getting this far is an extraordinary result for the league, and of course, it's particularly the team that won it. Looking ahead, I am still very concerned about next season: the teams will have to get started with their preparations soon and we’re behind schedule in working out the new procedures they will need to follow".
The health protocols drawn up by the FIGC and validated by the government authorities have enabled Italian football to get going again in an emergency situation, but in the long term alternative solutions will have to be found: "My concern - explained Gravina – "is with the current protocols, which I consider to be inapplicable from now on. I think they’re demanding for the club management, but above all for the players and for all the members of staff accompanying the teams. These procedures have had to factor in the development of the epidemic in our country and of course we need to continue taking this into account, but we must also be realistic: we applied these measures in an emergency situation for a very short period of time, but it's simply inconceivable that we could continue applying them until the end of next season, with tests every four days: it's simply impossible. It would be too physically demanding for the players, and we need to find other solutions. We are still waiting for news from the Scientific and Technical Committee to advise us on the measures we need to apply, and we mustn’t forget that our world is also busy at amateur level. And this is what keeps running through my mind: we still don't know how and when to start all the competitions. We all want to start the season together".