Italy's top-tier football league to resume in June

Tanya Simon
May 29, 2020

Italy's Serie A will restart on June 20 after a three-month suspension due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora confirmed on Thursday.

Earlier on Thursday, the Italian government's technical-scientific committee approved a revised medical protocol to stage Serie A games, giving the all-clear for the league to restart.

"The league resumes on June 20 - I have already consulted with prime minister Conte".

Serie A has been suspended since March 9, when the government ordered a nationwide lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic.

"Italy is getting back on track and it is only fair that football should too".

It has also been decided that the two Coppa Italia semi-final return legs - Juventus vs AC Milan and Napoli vs Inter Milan - will be played on June 13, with the final taking place on June 17.

But there are strong indications that Spadafora, who just a month ago said he was "very skeptical" about the possibility of a return, will finally give the green light.

"I'm ready to bet on the resumption of the championship, but with this rule of quarantine of 14 days, the possibilities of carrying it out are not high", said Enrico Castellacci, president of the Italian Football Doctors Association.

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There are 12 rounds remaining in Serie A, plus four matches that were postponed from the 25th round.

After that, in theory the plan would be to start the Week 27 games in a midweek round, June 23-24, including Atalanta-Lazio.

The following week it is time for the Serie A to resume Spadafora concluded.

In England, the Premier League announced plans on Thursday to resume on June 17.

"A critical issue is (playing a) match at 4.30pm which in June and July in Italy is unthinkable", added the former Italy and Roma player.

All remaining matches this season will be played behind closed doors and with a maximum of 300 people in the stadiums.

As Spadafora underlined, it is only fair for football to hit restart along with the whole country and send a message of normality across the nation.

"Footballers are not robots, there are concerns", said Damiano Tommasi, president of the players' union.

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