It’s now official, the Coppa Italia semi-finals will be played on June 13 and Serie A can resume from the weekend of June 20, confirmed Minister for Sport Vincenzo Spadafora.
“It was a very useful meeting and, as we had said from the start, football was always going to resume when we had the conditions to ensure safety and the CTS gave the all-clear to the protocols,” said Spadafora.
“Italy is getting back on its feet and it is only right that football should do the same. The CTS agreed with the medical protocol, but confirmed the absolute necessity for a quarantine period if a player were to test positive.
“We also received guarantees the process of swabs for players must not affect or detract from the general population’s access to testing in any way.
“The FIGC also assured me that the Plan B (play-offs and play-outs) and Plan C (using the existing table) can be adopted in case of suspension. It is not up to me as Minister to decide, as that will be done by the FIGC.
“In the light of all those events, we can today say that the season can resume from June 20.”
However, Spadafora notes that won’t necessarily be the beginning of Calcio back in the country.
“I hope that from June 13 to 20 they can complete the Coppa Italia, as that would be a signal to the whole nation.”
The Coppa Italia is midway through the semi-finals, after first leg results Inter 0-1 Napoli and Milan 1-1 Juventus.
As for the quarantine, Sky Sport Italia reports the wording of the latest medical protocol leaves the door open for it to be re-evaluated if the overall pandemic curve continues to fall in the country.