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Serie A clubs reach agreement to try complete current season

The 20 Serie A clubs have unanimously agreed that they need to try and complete the 2019/20 seaso...



Serie A clubs reach agreement...
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Serie A clubs reach agreement to try complete current season

The 20 Serie A clubs have unanimously agreed that they need to try and complete the 2019/20 season which has been halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.

It would seem that several clubs have put their differences aside in order to work towards a solution to the problem of what to do about the remaining fixtures.

The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) has already stated that games will not be allowed to go ahead until the health and safety of everyone involved can be guaranteed.

The league was suspended indefinitely in March as Italy, the worst hit country in Europe in terms of COVID-19 casualties, attempted to control the outbreak.

"The Lega Serie A Council that met today unanimously confirmed its intention to complete the 2019-2020 season, if the government allows it to take place in full compliance with the rules for the protection of health and safety," Serie A said in a statement.

"The resumption of sporting activity, in the so-called Phase 2, will take place in accordance with the regulations laid out by FIFA and UEFA, with the decisions of the FIGC as well as in compliance with the medical protocols for the protection of footballers and all professionals."

The statement goes against reports that Torino and Sampdoria were among seven clubs opposed to a return to action.

The Italian governments restrictions on movement and outdoor activities are in place until 3 May and the sports minister, Vincenzo Spadafora, is hoping that he can allow clubs to resume training again on 4 May.

"Right now, I can't confirm neither the resumption of training on May 4 or the season," Spadafora told Tg2 Post.

"Sport isn't just football or Serie A. Serie A's an economic industry, but we're also focusing on the football side.

"On Wednesday I'll meet the FIGC, who will present its training protocol. We'll evaluate it together.

"We have to understand if football's ready to restart training. I'll evaluate it very carefully, but it mustn't give the illusion that resuming training means resuming the campaign."

Earlier this month the Italian top-flight's clubs agreed to pay-cuts and those cuts could become larger if the season is not completed.

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