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Thursday February 2 2012
Serie A move weekend kick-offs?

The Lega Serie A are reportedly considering moving all the weekend’s fixtures to mid-afternoon in an attempt to avoid postponements.

The midweek round was hit by four postponements as heavy snowfall and below freezing temperatures hit the north of the country.

Siena, Bologna and Parma’s stadiums were closed due to safety concerns, whilst the conditions also got the better of Atalanta’s attempts to host Genoa.

More snow and even colder temperatures anticipated in parts of the country at the weekend, prompting Milan’s Vice-President Adriano Galliani to request to the League’s President Maurizio Beretta that their Sunday evening fixture with Napoli be rearranged.

Reports in Italy are suggesting that Beretta is considering sanctioning that all the weekend’s Serie A fixtures are moved to 3pm Italian time kick-offs on both the Saturday and Sunday.

Players’ Association (AIC) chief Damiano Tommasi specifically backed Galliani’s request to cancel the game at San Siro, where predictions have the temperature as no higher than eight below zero.

“If the forecasts are correct then it is better not to play that [Milan-Napoli] game. It would be advisable with the foresight of the weather predictions to avoid calling it off when everyone is at the stadium.

“The fixture schedule is very busy and inconveniences are always the same. We have never addressed this issue in an effective manner and according to me, spreading the games from August to June would at least limit the damage.

“[The players] are the last to be consulted and it is wrong to accuse us [of wanting to call off games].”

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