NEWS
Thursday March 26 2020
Cairo: 'Must conclude by June 30'

Torino President Urbano Cairo has insisted that Serie A “going beyond June 30 risks being a problem” and could lead to “compromising not only one season”.

The Toro chief has insisted that he wants to end the championship this term, with Torino currently fighting to survive in the top division sitting 15th in the League.

Included in a run of seven consecutive defeats, they were also eliminated from the Coppa Italia by Milan in January and are scheduled to play the Turin derby against Juventus on their return to action.

But right now, it’s uncertain times in Italy and the subject of resumption has caused a wide debate among the Presidents. Cairo puts in his two pennies worth and suggests Serie A avoids “future” damage.

“I have the will to save the championships and cups, but going beyond June 30 risks being a problem, you would affect the future season,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “August is a month where players will need to rest and with a month to prepare, you have to start in October.

“We would really risk compromising not one, but two seasons. We have to try to do it by June 30, but without fury.

“On March 8, I asked for much more drastic measures and they arrived, perhaps a bit late. Now, it’s an international contagion that risks being very dangerous.

“We don’t even know when the peak will come, we can’t play at all costs and risk the health of those who play and those around the events. Closing everything by June 30 would mean to get back in training within 20 days, which seems difficult to me.

“We have to find a point of reference so that the sacrifices are shared among all. If China announced the quarantine in early January and will dissolve in early April… then the quarantine should last at least until the end of May.”

The FIGC will reportedly meet with the government to hand in a proposal of measures to save football from a financial crisis tomorrow and Cairo highlights the inevitable loss of revenue, but points out that “the debt will be there and was there before” and wants to focus on the most important aspect - getting through a “totally unexpected” situation.

“The debt will be an undeniable fact, but we are facing a global problem, which involves everyone and today we have to understand what it allows us to do,” he added. “The debt will be there, and it was there before, the problem is trying to solve an epochal situation, totally unexpected and never seen before.”

But the Granata patron doesn’t have the solution for the conclusion of the current campaign but insisted that the clubs are more united, compared to how tense it seems between the Presidents in the media.

“The table… I don’t know, it must be discussed in the FIGC, in the Lega, to find solutions. It will need unprecedented remedies for an unprecedented situation. During these first meetings via Skype, someone said that the training will resume, but I warned them that the numbers said something else.

“I see a union; I can count those who move on their own on one hand. There are those who put their own interest before the general one, it has been happening for many years in the League and this made us lose ground compared to the other big Leagues.

“This business attitude has penalised the revenues and is giving a bad image of Italian football.”

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