Serie A gets green light to return on June 20 following coronavirus suspension

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Serie A will return on June 20 following a meeting between league bosses and the country’s government, Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora said on Thursday.

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The league has been suspended since March 10 due to the coronavirus outbreak which has devastated Italy. League bosses had initially pencilled in June 13 as a potential restart date, but that was made impossible once national lockdown was extended to June 14 by the government.

Spadafora made the announcement after a conference call with representatives from the Italian Football Federation (FIGC), the players’ association and the Serie A league.

“Italy is starting up again and it’s only right that football can also get going,” he told reporters, adding that the government had approved health measures suggested by the 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.”

Juventus lead the table, a point ahead of Lazio, with both sides having 12 matches remaining. Inter Milan are nine points off the top in third, having played a game fewer.

Since the stoppage, league bosses have constantly reaffirmed their desire to bring the season to a natural conclusion. Juve have won the past eight titles but Italian FA chief Gabriele Gravina said the reigning champions would not win Serie A by default should the league be cancelled.

As well as the Serie A matches, there are also the two Coppa Italia semifinal second legs and the final which need to be played. AC Milan drew 1-1 with Juve at San Siro in their first leg, while Napoli take a 1-0 lead over Inter back to the San Paolo.

Spadafora said that there was a possibility the Coppa Italia could resume a week earlier than Serie A.

The announcement comes on the same day that the Premier League said it will return to action on June 17. Spain’s La Liga is also hoping to return by June 11, with the Bundesliga already back in action in Germany.

Information from Reuters was used in this story.