Italian soccer to have new match doctors in wake of Morosini

Medics will be responsible for all health issues related to game

Italian soccer to have new match doctors in wake of Morosini

(ANSA) - Rome, September 20 - Italian soccer is going to have a new figure called the 'match doctor' to try to prevent deaths like that of former Italy Under 21 international Piermario Morosini. Morosini, 25, died after collapsing while playing for Livorno in a second-tier match against Pescara in April. Maurizio Casasco, the president of the Italian Federation of Sports Medicine, said on Thursday that the new figure will be independent from the clubs and may be in action as early as January. The match doctors will be responsible for all health measures related to the match, including issues such as access to emergency exits, he said. An ambulance trying to reach Morosini after he collapsed was delayed by over a minute because a parked municipal police car was blocking access to the field of play. The three doctors who first assisted Morosini after he collapsed - Pescara team doctor Ernesto Sabatini, Livorno team physician Manlio Percellini and emergency medic Vito Molfese - are being probed for manslaughter. This does not necessarily mean charges will be presented against them. The Italian Federation of Sports Medicine said Thursday that it had opened an internal inquiry into Morosini's death.

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