MILAN (AFP) – Italian football chiefs on Thursday announced that the end of the Serie A season will be pushed back from June 30 to August 2 to finish the season suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Federation President Gabriele Gravina said the FIGC would “adopt a resolution in the coming hours to postpone the end of the 2019/2020 sports season to August 2”.
No sport has been played in Italy since March 9 as the country grapples with the COVID-19 crisis which has killed over 25,000 people.
“The world of football is working incessantly and responsibly to find concrete and sustainable solutions to the crisis generated by COVID-19 including those necessary and indispensable to safeguard 2020-21 competitions,” Gravina said.
Serie A’s 20 clubs had voted unanimously to complete the league season, but the final decision will be down to the Italian government.
The federation also hopes clubs can start training again from May 4.
In Germany, the Bundesliga is preparing to resume without spectators on May 9, making it the first major European league back in action, but the final go-ahead rests with political leaders.
European football’s governing body UEFA on Thursday left the door open for leagues to bring an early end to their seasons and said qualification for the next Champions League should be “based on sporting merit”.