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Tuesday August 4 2020
Gravina doesn't think stadiums open on September 19

President Gabriele Gravina said the FIGC is ‘concerned’ ahead of Serie A 2020-21 and doesn’t think fans will be back in stadiums on September 19.

Serie A confirmed the dates for the upcoming season on Monday, starting on September 19 and ending on May 23, 2021.

Today, the Federal Council was held, and Gravina, who participated, told the reporters after the meeting: “We have worked a lot in recent days on the basic protocol.

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Tuesday July 28 2020
ADL: 'Working on Serie A play-offs'

After Juventus won their ninth consecutive Scudetto, Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis confirms he is ‘working with the FIGC towards Serie A play-offs.’

The theory had already been suggested if the 2019-20 season could not be concluded on time due to the COVID-19 crisis.

With the Champions League and Europa League decided by a Final Eight tournament this summer, the project is taking hold.

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Monday July 27 2020
Gravina is worried for 2020-21

The FIGC President Gabriele Gravina admits he’s worried for the next season, as Serie A still waits ‘to understand the new protocol’.

Serie A has resumed under strict measures and continuous testing of everyone involved, but Gravina hopes to avoid the same ‘demanding’ protocol for 2020-21.

“The teams must start the preparation very soon and we are late in knowing the new procedures to follow,” Gravina told Rai Gr Parlamento. “We don’t know the state of emergency or for how long it will be extended.

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Thursday July 23 2020
Mancini unhappy with Lippi return?

Italy CT Roberto Mancini is reportedly unhappy he was not consulted about Marcello Lippi’s FIGC appointment and has offers from the Premier League.

Lippi is set to take on the role of technical director for Italy’s teams, with a view to becoming President of the Coaches’ Association.

However, Corriere dello Sport claims Mancini is disappointed with FIGC President Gabriele Gravina for not informing him of the proposal to bring back the 72-year-old.

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Tuesday July 21 2020
Ceferin: 'Optimistic for football's future'

UEFA chief Aleksander Ceferin says ‘my great hope is that spectators will be able to return as soon as possible. We’ll emerge stronger and wiser than before’.

The Champions League and Europa League are building up to their resumptions, with some domestic campaigns having already finished, and Ceferin discussed the work going on behind the scenes.

“These recent months have obviously been a period of great uncertainty for everyone,” he told UEFA’s official website.

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Monday July 13 2020
'FIGC right to investigate Atalanta'

Minister Vincenzo Spadafora has commended the FIGC for investigating Atalanta’s team manager after he discriminated against a Napoli fan.

Last week was not a good week for Italian sport in its fight against discrimination, starting with Paralympic athlete Beatrice Ion.

Ion, who plays for Italy’s wheelchair basketball team and is of Romanian extract, was racially abused by a passer-by, while her father was assaulted for trying to defend her.

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Monday July 13 2020
Serie A: 'We want fans back'

Lega Serie A says it is ‘hopeful’ stadiums will be partially reopened to fans before the end of the season.

All 20 Serie A clubs held an assembly meeting today and the first topic of discussion was Sky’s refusal to pay its last instalment of TV rights money for 2019-20, in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Wednesday July 8 2020
Five subs to stay in Serie A?

Serie A is set to be given the option to stick with the rule permitting clubs to make five substitutions for another season.

The measure was introduced to help protect players after the coronavirus lockdown, given the inevitable onslaught of fixtures, but it was only expected to be temporary.

Now, The Athletic reports the International Football Association Board (IFAB) is set to grant an extension later this week, covering the entirety of the 2020-21 campaign.

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Thursday July 2 2020
No Lazio strikers for Milan clash

Lazio will be without Ciro Immobile and Felipe Caicedo against Milan this weekend after they were banned by the Disciplinary Commission.

The pair were both booked during the 2-1 victory over Lazio, which saw them accumulate five yellow cards each.

They will therefore miss the visit of Milan in Serie A on Saturday, leaving Lazio without a recognised No 9.

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Thursday July 2 2020
'Stadiums could reopen at 25%'

FIGC President Gabriele Gravina has announced that he is working for Serie A stadia to reopen at quarter capacity.

Serie A and B resumed last month behind closed doors due to the COVID-19 outbreak still being considered a pandemic, but Gravina is confident clubs will soon be able to fill 25 percent of seats.

“We’re working so that fans can go back to experiencing football up close again,” he told Avvenire.

“We’re working on percentages. As of today, we’re thinking of 25 percent. The problem lies with managing flows.

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