Serie A season finish pushed back to August 20

MILAN (AFP) – Italy’s Football Federation (FIGC) on Wednesday set a new date of August 20 for Serie A to finish with the possibility of playoffs in the case of another suspension because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A meeting of FIGC’s Federal Council stressed Italian football’s desire for the top leagues to return to action but confirmed that all amateur competitions will be stopped.

“The FIGC expressed its desire to restart and complete the national professional competitions by setting the last closing date of the Serie A, B and C competitions to August 20,” the FIGC said in a statement.

The start of next season will be on September 1.

The federation envisages “brief phases of playoff and playout in order to define the result of the competitions”.

If the season were stopped a system would be devised “which will in all cases provide for relegation and promotions”.

Juventus’ Brazilian forward Douglas Costa vies with Inter Milan’s Italian midfielder Nicolo Barella and Inter Milan’s English midfielder Ashley Young in an empty stadium due to the COVID-19 outbreak during the Italian Serie A football match at the Juventus stadium in Turin. PHOTO: AFP