In many parts of the world, top-level soccer may have to restart without fans following the coronavirus pandemic.
Players, coaches, trainers and doctors would be joined at a minimum by
referees, ball boys of some type, field crews and stadium operators.
But what about VAR crews usually crammed in close quarters as they review key match moments? Marcello
, the head of Italy's referees association, wants to know what protections these video assistants will receive.
“In some cases for the video assistants today, we use narrow
spaces, such as vans, where the referees work in a space of two square meters, without a safe distance between them and other workers,” Nicci told RAI television. “I hope this
doesn’t happen but the risk is there, I hope they give us sanitized spaces.”