According to the President of the Italian Arbitration Committee, Marcello Nicchi, if in the near future Italian Serie A 2019/22 season will be updated, most likely, all matches will end without the help of new technologies.
In the event of a renewal of Serie A, we will be forced to refuse to use the VAR. New technologies are placed in the vans, in comfortable working conditions, where video assistants have to be close to each other. We are not sure that any of them will not be infected. Therefore, there is a danger that the staff will not be able to keep the required distance.”
“Their health is most important.”
Also, Nicchi clearly emphasized that the final decision will still be on Serie A, although at this stage, the Arbitration Committee will refrain from working.
If the championship is updated tomorrow, we will definitely not be in these matches. Arbitrators have families, and you should not be afraid to return to them. For us, their health is the most important thing. I hope that the season will be renewed with VAR. We will definitely find an alternative way.” – the chairman of the committee said.
As you know, all sports events in Italy are suspended for an indefinite period due to the Coronavirus pandemic. However, it is also noteworthy that the number of people infected across the country has been declining sharply in recent days. According to the latest data, up to 130,000 cases of COVID-19 infection have been confirmed in Italy. 15,887 cases of them have been lethal, and 21,815 people have recovered.