Wednesday April 8 2020
Galliani: 'Monza must go up'

Adriano Galliani has warned that Monza must be promoted to Serie B, otherwise “football risks blowing up” if the season is scrapped.

Monza were running away with the Serie C Group A title before coronavirus halted the campaign, and there is the possibility of all Italian leagues being abandoned.

“I didn’t expect the coronavirus outbreak, but I hope Monza, 16 points clear of second place with 11 games left, can still go up to Serie B,” Galliani told Tutti Convocati.

“I hope the season ends regularly and we’re recognised for our huge advantage gained on the pitch.

“Should it end here, we wouldn’t accept a freeze of the current situation. We’ve won the league, so we’d appeal everywhere:

“I hope it will end in the next few months, if someone resumes the season then we’ll rightly go up to Serie B.

“However, it can’t be contemplated that Monza, after the investments we’ve made and points we’ve picked up, remain in Serie C and the bottom Serie B club stays in B.

“I’m a supporter of resuming even in three months. I agree with the position of [FIFA President] Infantino and it’ll be up to the government to decide.

“I don’t want to start the season again tomorrow. If the scientific community tells me two months then I’ll happily start again in two months.

“It’s strange that everyone bar Serie A has understood this. Finishing the seasons would result in as little damage as possible, otherwise football risks blowing up.

“I see a season that will end in the autumn without fans, but with all the revenues from sponsors and TV rights, and almost all of the next one without fans.” 

The former Milan chief became CEO of the third-tier side in September 2018 following Silvio Berlusconi’s purchase of the club.

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