ITALIAN SERIE A TO RESUME JUNE 2OTH
The Italian Serie A can resume on June 20th after the league was suspended because of the covid-19 pandemic, Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora, said on Thursday.
“The Technical and Scientific Committee gave its agreement on the protocol and the federation assured me that it had a Plan B and a Plan C,” Spadafora said after a video conference meeting with Italian football chiefs.
“In light of these considerations, the championship can resume on June 20.”
Italy football federation President, Gabriele Gravina, assured the minister that there would be a play-off system if the championship were again interrupted.
“We had a very useful meeting,” Spadafora said.
“From the start, I said that football could restart once all the security conditions had been met and with the agreement of the Technical and Scientific Committee on the different protocols.”
He disclosed that Italian Cup semi-final matches, between Inter Milan and Napoli and AC Milan and Juventus, could be played the week before the Serie A resumes
“Italy has started to return to normal life again, it is only right that football should do the same,” he continued.
“I also hope to be able to send a positive signal to the whole country by taking advantage of the week from June 13 to 20 to conclude the Italian Cup,” he added with hopes of staging the semi-finals on the weekend of June 13-14 and the final on June 17.
The announcement of the resumption of the Italian league comes just after the English Premier League (EPL) confirmed it will restart on June 17th.
The Italian Serie A has been halted since March 9th because of the covid-19 pandemic which has killed over 33,000 people in the country.