Italy’s Serie A to resume on 20 June

Serie A will resume on June 20 after the Italian government gave its approval on Thursday.

Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora gave the league the all-clear to resume on Thursday, although it will have to wait a week longer than it had initially hoped. “The meeting was very useful,” Spadafora said. “Now Italy is starting again and it is right that soccer starts again too.

Massimo Cellino, who owns Serie A bottom side Brescia, said resuming was a “crazy decision”. “It’s too much for the players,” he told BBC World Service’s World Football show.

“We stopped [training] for two months. It is dangerous to restart it playing three games a week. So I’m worried about injuries and the hot weather which is going to be terrible in Italy more than Germany.”

Serie A was the first of Europe’s major leagues to be affected by the coronavirus pandemic, with games postponed and played behind closed doors before the league was halted completely.

Ronaldo with his Juventus Teammates
Ronaldo with his Teammates

The Italian Football Federation will decide on the time frames for Serie A games but it is expected that teams will play every three days across three different time slots: at 5pm, 7.15pm, and 9.30pm (Italian time).

Earlier on Thursday, the Italian government’s technical-scientific committee approved a revised medical protocol to stage Serie A games, giving the all-clear for the league to restart.

Italian Football Federation (FIGC) president Gabriele Gravina said: “Football’s return represents a message of hope for the whole country. I am happy and satisfied, it is a success that I share with the sports minister and with all the federal members.

“Ours is a project of great responsibility because it invests everything the professional world of Serie A, B, C and also the women’s Serie A “. Juventus were a point clear of Lazio at the top of the table.

They were due to face AC Milan in the second leg of the Coppa semi-final in Turin on March 4, with the first leg having finished 1-1. The other semi-final was also finely poised, with Napoli 1-0 up against Inter ahead of their second leg at the San Paolo.

There are 12 rounds remaining in Serie A, plus four matches that were postponed from the 25th round. Juventus, which is bidding for a record-extending ninth successive Serie A title, has a one-point advantage over Lazio. Third-place Inter Milan is nine points behind Juventus but has played a match less.

In England, the Premier League announced plans on Thursday to resume on June 17. The Bundesliga returned earlier this month and La Liga intends to get back underway in June, with only Ligue 1 from among Europe’s top-five leagues to declare the season over.

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