Serie A to resume on June 20

Ruben Hill
May 28, 2020

The Italian top flight has been suspended since March due to the coronavirus pandemic, and Gravina said the division has already lost more than €500m (£449m/$550m).

Players and staff members must, if the positive test is confirmed, submit to a 14-day quarantine.

Bologna on Wednesday announced a "suspicious case" among one of their coaching staff.

Spadafora promised last week that a date would be decided upon this coming Thursday in a call with FIGC president Gabriele Gravina and Lega Serie A president Paolo Dal Pino.

Serie A will return on June 20 following a meeting between league bosses and the country's government, Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora said on Thursday.

Spadafora has confirmed that Serie A is set for crunch talks on Thursday regarding the resumption of the season, with the two dates now being discussed for the season to continue are June 13 and June 20.

Italian football chiefs want competition to resume on June 13, with the possibility of starting with four postponed fixtures, or the Italian Cup semi-finals, with a full return on June 20.

Analysis from Sky Sports digital news writer Tommaso Fiore.

On the same day the Premier League officially announced it will resume its season in June, it made ideal sense Serie A followed suit shortly after and it would have been a massive anti-climax should the same decision not have been taken.

In the past few weeks, all signs were pointing strongly in that direction.

Throughout the break the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) have remained adamant that they will find a way to end the season on the pitch and in a way that reflects sporting merit in order to avoid more financial setbacks and controversies. This decision follows after the scientific technical committee approved the medical protocol suggested by the Lega Calcio.

But there is a big sticking point.

This quibble, which has been criticised by leading Italian medics, remains a big issue for clubs as a positive test would bring massive repercussions on the calendar.

Football authorities remain hopeful that with the curb of contagions falling they can request that the quarantine period be reduced to seven days and that it no longer be collective.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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