As football fans over the world look forward to the return of the round leather game after two months of break due to the coronavirus pandemic, expectedly, FIFA is looking to introduce temporary changes and make accomodations. Rizzoli, a referee designator for Serie A has disclosed that one of the changes to expect is the introduction of five substitutions instead of the usual three.
He told Sky Sport Italia: “I believe FIFA intend to allow five substitutions. In a phase of the season with many games one after the other and in elevated temperatures, we’ll have to all take a step forward to help everyone. Strict medical and hygiene procedures will have to be put in place for leagues to resume, with matches played behind closed doors and social distancing measures in place.”
Rizzoli continued: “We need to behave differently, including when it comes to social distancing, to avoid risks. We also require a cultural step forward that I hope can be positive for everyone. We are working with UEFA and other major leagues to set out the code of behaviour. We’re also working to reduce risks to a minimum, as usually there are four people in the VAR booth, but it would be reduced to three, all of them wearing masks and protective gloves.”
Source: Daily Mail