Serie A awaits govt green light after three-month suspension

Ross Houston
May 29, 2020

He added that there was a possibility the resumption of the season, which was suspended on 9 March, could be preceded by Italian Cup matches one week earlier.

It was revealed on Thursday that Serie A and Serie B - the top two levels of the Italian football pyramid - will be back on June 20 for a feast of football with 127 games in 50 days.

Italian football federation (FIGC) president Gabriele Gravina told the minister during the video conference there would be a play-off system if the championship were again interrupted, while the existing standings would be used if it were stopped.

The following week it is time for the Serie A to resume Spadafora concluded.

But there are strong indications that Spadafora, who just a month ago said he was "very sceptical" about the possibility of a return, will give the green light.

The French League ended the season last month with Paris St-Germain named Ligue 1 champions with 10 games left.

Spadafora is hopeful that the league will be played to a conclusion, but says a plan is in place should it be disrupted again.

Opposition has been particularly strong in Lombardy, the region most affected with almost 16,000 deaths alone, and where four Serie A clubs play - Inter Milan, AC Milan, Atalanta and Brescia.

Juventus, bidding for a record-extending ninth successive Serie A title, has a one-point advantage over Lazio.

According to the report, Spadafora will ask Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte to allow the matches to resume on June 13th instead of June 20th, beginning first with the return legs of both of the Coppa Italia semifinals followed by the final.

Inter Milan are a further eight points behind in third with one game in hand.

"Starting up again is a wonderful thing", he said.

The clubs and medics have argued the isolation period for the whole group should be seven days, but it is hoped that can be negotiated down as the overall pandemic curve continues to fall.

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