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Sunday May 31 2020
Tommasi: 'Need later kick-off times'

Players’ Association President Damiano Tommasi has urged Serie A to follow La Liga by scheduling summer games late at night, while he’s ‘perplexed’ by the Coppa Italia plan.

The Lega Serie A will work out the calendar on Monday, with the tournament resuming on June 20, while the Coppa Italia is meant to have the semi-finals on June 13-14 and the Final on June 17.

“This is about ensuring health and safety, so I hope the issue of kick-off time won’t become a problem,” Tommasi told Rai Sport.

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Saturday May 30 2020
Serie A matches every day

When Serie A resumes on June 20, the idea is to have a game on every single day at seven different kick-off times.

According to the Corriere dello Sport, the fixtures will be spread out to ensure the television pay-per-view companies and clubs are happy.

They must also avoid early afternoon kick-offs, as the Players’ Association (AIC) has repeatedly refused to play in the heat of an Italian summer during June and July.

In order to get the calendar completed by August 2, they would therefore have to play a match every day.

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Saturday May 30 2020
Players' Association: 'No afternoon games'

The Players’ Association again reiterated they will not accept Serie A matches played in the early afternoon during June and July.

The fixtures will return from June 20 and a packed remaining fixture list means games on almost every day, but the issue remains of when to stagger the kick-offs.

“Playing at 16.00-16.30 in certain periods of the summer becomes a problem not just for the cities in the south, but the north too,” AIC vice-president Umberto Calcagno told Radio Punto Nuovo.

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Saturday May 30 2020
Gravina: 'Serie A Plan C and alternative formats'

FIGC President Gabriele Gravina confirms they could ‘consider alternative formats’ should the 2020-21 Serie A season start later than September 12, while defining Plan C for this term.

The three-month lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic forced the European championships to be postponed, while the Coppa Italia is set to resume from June 12-13, followed by Serie A from June 20.

With the Champions League and Europa League planned for August, when will the 2020-21 Serie A season begin?

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Saturday May 30 2020
Serie A plans for crowds to return

As the pandemic curve continues to fall in Italy and dates given for games, plans are being worked on to bring fans back to the stadiums too.

Italy now has the second most deaths in Europe related to coronavirus, having been overtaken by the UK, and most new cases are localised in the Lombardy, Piedmont and Liguria regions.

With that in mind, and restaurants allowed to reopen with social distancing measures, Serie A are also making plans for how fans can get back into the stands.

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Friday May 29 2020
Balzaretti set for SPAL?

Former Roma and Italy defender Federico Balzaretti is reportedly set to become SPAL’s next sporting director.

SPAL are looking for a new SD after Davide Vagnati moved to Torino earlier in the month, but Calciomercato.it claims they have found their man.

As per the website, Balzaretti is in ‘absolute pole position’ to take over from Vagnati, ticking the boxes of a ‘young, confident and available’ executive.

The ex-Juventus and Palermo full-back helped Italy finish runners-up at Euro 2012 and subsequently signed for Roma.

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Friday May 29 2020
Spadafora: 'I was angry'

Italy’s Minister of Sport Vincenzo Spadafora claims the resumption of football represents ‘an important signal’ for the country.

Serie A has set a date for the resumption of Serie A and will start again more than three months after the interruption of 2019-20 but Spadafora still crosses his fingers to avoid further complications down the line.

“It’s an important signal because the country is starting up again,” Spadafora told Tg5. “Sport and football become protagonists in this sense.

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Thursday May 28 2020
Serie A twice a week until August 2?

Serie A will resume from June 20, but the precise dates will be decided tomorrow, probably starting with outstanding Week 25 games, with an aim to conclude by August 2.

Minister for Sport Vincenzo Spadafora confirmed today that the Serie A and B seasons will resume from June 20, although the Coppa Italia semi-finals and Final should run from June 13-17.

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Thursday May 28 2020
Gravina: 'Calcio brings hope to the country'

FIGC President Gabriele Gravina said ‘the return of Calcio is a message of hope for the entire country,’ as the Coppa Italia is set for June 13, Serie A and B from June 20.

The announcement was made by Minister for Sport Vincenzo Spadafora, while Lega Serie B President Mauro Balata released a statement confirming they too are ready to go from June 20.

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Thursday May 28 2020
Official: Coppa Italia June 13, Serie A 20

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.

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