NEWS
Wednesday March 25 2020
Gravina: 'Serie A in July or August'

FIGC President Gabriele Gravina has rejected the idea of writing off this Serie A season and is instead holding out for a resumption in July or August.

Debate continues over whether the 2019-20 campaign will be cancelled to make way for 20-21, with coronavirus showing little signs of slowing down any time soon.

Despite that, Gravina is adamant Serie A can be completed this summer, particularly as Euro 2020 and the Olympic Games have now been postponed.

“For as long as I’m able to, I won’t lose hope of resuming the campaign. I’ll do anything to make that happen. I find giving up very difficult,” he told Radio Marte.

“I’m aware that it’s still too early to think of a date, but we must think positively. We’ll try our best to even play at the cost of asking for support from UEFA and FIFA to go beyond June 30, therefore also taking advantage of July and August.

“Right now, there’s no room for individual interests. I plead for common sense because, ultimately, it’s the FIGC that will have to decide.

“Tomorrow, there will be a new appointment with the government to work on a series of proposals that concern some amendments, which the government will assess, but there are many other issues of our relevance.

“We don’t want to ask for money, but we’re denouncing a state of crisis. We ask the government to help us with a series of measures to help modernise our game.

“We’ll see them tomorrow, then we will meet again next week for a permanent and constant worktable, putting together indispensable ideas to form projects.

“I consider [cancelling the season] a defeat of mine and one that diminishes the value of the competition. It would lead to an unpleasant scenario.

“I stubbornly reject any reflections that lead to such a conclusion. For as long as possible, I will continue to reject these hypotheses.”

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