Sports Minister and FIGC president propose latest idea for resumption of Serie A season

By Oliver Fisher -

Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora hopes that the Serie A season can start again in early May – something FIGC president Gabriele Gravina echoes.

Italy has been the hardest hit country by the coronavirus outbreak aside from China. As per Al Jazeera, the country reported 345 new coronavirus deaths over the last 24 hours taking its total death toll to 2,503 – an increase of 16 percent.

Sport has been affected across the continent as a result, with the Serie A season suspended until at least April 3, as is the case with a lot of other European leagues, though there is a fear that it could extend well beyond that.

Nonetheless, the Minister for Sports – Vincenzo Spadafora – remains confident that the season can be salvaged and suggested a possible hypothesis for the timeline of the resumption.

“I think that Serie A can resume playing from 3 May, at least that’s what we hope for,” he told Rai Uno (via MilanLive).

“Then we will evaluate whether it will be played with open or closed doors, it will depend on the situation. To this will naturally be added international competitions, Europa League and Champions League, which will intersect with the new calendar.”

Gabriele Gravina has not ruled out ending the season beyond June 30 and it going into July.

“We now have more possibilities to position some dates in May and June hoping it will be enough for the deadline of June 30th,” he told Radio 24.

“We work on the hypothesis of May 2 and to complete the season, possibly going beyond the first 10 days of July if we do not have the space to do it by June 30. In the extreme case there will be play-offs.”

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