The Italian Serie A has been given the green light to restart on June 20 after it was suspended due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.
Vincenzo Spadafora, Italy’s Sports Minister made the announcement on Thursday, May 28.
According to Reuters in Rome, Spadafora added that Italian Cup could restart a week earlier before the top-flight season get underway with Serie B also hoping to restart on June 20.
“Italy is starting up again and it’s only right that football can also get going,” Spadafora told reporters after a conference call with the Italian Football Federation (FIGC).
Serie A will be the fourth league in Europe’s top five domestic leagues to restart following a successful outing in the German Bundesliga, which resumed on May 16, and Spanish La Liga and the English Premier League which are due to restart next month.
The Sports Minister said the Italian government approved health and safety measures suggested by the Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio, FIGC plus a backup plan in case the league had to be stopped again.
“In the light of this we can say that the championship can start again on June 20,” he said.
“We’ve had an extraordinary period, full of obstacles and pressures, with consistency, determination, and spirit of service,” said Serie A president Paolo Dal Pino.
“For Serie A, the future must mean going back to being the most beautiful championship in the world.”
The French Ligue 1 ended the season last month with Paris St-Germain named league champions with 10 games left.
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