A month into lockdown, Serie A torn over return to action

MILAN (AFP) – A month after Serie A last saw a ball kicked football-mad Italy is torn over whether to return to action or scrap the season as the coronavirus crisis continues to keep the nation on lockdown.

Endless dates have been proposed from May, through to September and October, all depending “on when health conditions allow”.

The Mediterranean country has been under siege since the COVID-19 disease took a grip on February 22, and no Serie A matches have been played March 9.

In the midst of the health crisis which has claimed the lives of nearly 18,000 people, Italy’s top clubs have been at loggerheads over when is best to resume this season, if ever.

The Lombardy region – home to Inter Milan and AC Milan – has recorded 9,722 deaths while the neighbouring Piedmont, the home region of champions Juventus has also been hard hit.