Italy’s Serie A will return to action on June 20 after a three-month suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic after the Italian government issued an approval
Italy’s top-tier competition was halted on March 9 as part of the government’s efforts to fight the pandemic spread across the country.
Italy has been one of the most affected countries in Europe, with over 33,000 fatalities confirmed so far, with the Champions League clash between Atalanta and Valencia named the main reason for the subsequent disaster.
But, Italy has started to recover from the nightmare, with the top-flight clubs allowed to get back to training earlier this month, suggesting football could soon resume.
Now, according to the Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora, Serie A has been given the green light to return to action on June 20 as the first sign of the country’s efforts to return to normal.
“Italy is starting up again, and it’s only right that football can also get going,’ Spadafora said, as transmitted by the Daily Mail.
Serie A will restart on next June. The decision has been approved by the Government. 🇮🇹 #SerieA— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 28, 2020
“In the light of this, we can say that the championship can start again on June 20,” he added. “There’s then the possibility that the Italian Cup semifinals and final can be played on June 13 and 17.
“If the curve changes and the league has to be stopped again, the Italian football federation has assured me that there exists a plan B – playoffs – and also a plan C – leaving the standings as they are.”
The perennial Serie A champions, Juventus, were sitting one point clear of second-placed Lazio before the coronavirus crisis halted proceedings and were on the hunt for their record-breaking ninth consecutive league title.
But, the Turin heavyweights will have to fight tooth and nail to extend their domestic dominance, considering there are 12 rounds of Serie A football left to be played when the league restarts.