Pitches and Balls to be Sterilised when Spanish Football Season Restarts, says Club Doctor


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Balls and pitches will need to be sterilised frequently when Spanish football returns, a leading doctor in the sport has said.

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Rafa Ramos, who is president of the association of Spanish football club doctors, said this was necessary to minimise the chances of players getting infected by the novel coronavirus.

Spanish football has been on hold since March 10 due to the pandemic and stakeholders have been drawing up plans to complete the current season.

This move is in a bid to avoid catastrophic financial losses, although a date for a return is yet to be set.

Ramos has outlined what conditions would be like when matches, which are set to be played in closed stadiums with no spectators, return.

“All the materials, even the pitches, will have to be sterilised before a match, at halftime and afterwards,” Ramos told newspaper El Pais on Sunday.

“It’s possible to be infected by an unknown ball, but when you are struck by a sterilised ball on a sterilised surface it’s very hard to get infected.”

Ramos also said medical staff were concerned about a rise in injuries when the season resumes.

He said this was because players had been forced to train at home due to the conditions of Spain’s strict lockdown.

“We aren’t just worried about the virus. The players will have had eight weeks without competing, cooped up in their homes and not all of them have big houses where they can do fitness training,” the doctor added.

“We don’t know how long they’ll take to recover without seeing an increase in injuries. So, we’ll have to extend the period as long as is necessary to ensure the risks are minimal.”

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