Sunday May 24 2020
Spadafora: 'Serie A June 13 or 20'

Minister for Sport Vincenzo Spadafora confirms Serie A could resume ‘on June 13 or 20,’ while there is the possibility of showing games free to air on television.

Italy is already well into Phase Two of the coronavirus pandemic response, with deaths and new cases falling daily for several weeks.

The FIGC today handed in the medical protocol for matches, just days after agreeing one on contact training, and a decision will be made on Thursday.

“We are working on two possible dates to begin Serie A games, on June 13 or 20,” Spadafora told Rai TG3.

“The protocol arrived for resuming the season and it is very similar to the one that was agreed for training. On Thursday, we’ll decide if and when to resume.”

There is a Government decree banning competitive sports until June 14, but that could be adjusted closer to the date if the numbers continue to drop.

There are concerns that playing behind closed doors will see more fans gather in local bars or visit friends with pay-per-view television to watch the matches.

“In Germany, Sky reached an agreement to show a sort of live highlights programme as the goals go in and that is free to air, so we certainly ought to consider something like that in Italy to avoid fans assembling in bars.”

Minister for Sport Spadafora has already said he is aiming to make radical changes to the football system in Italy, which could see Serie C vastly reduced.

“This emergency has shown some critical issues in the world of football that we will face in a general reform that will happen before the end of the summer.

“Among those issues we include allowing women’s football players to become professional athletes.”

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