Italian football chief ready to finish season in August

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MILAN, March 26, 2020 (BSS/AFP) – Italian football federation (FIGC)
president Gabriele Gravina said Wednesday he was determined that the Serie A
season would be concluded even going into August.

All sport in Italy has been suspended until April 3 as a result of the
coronavirus pandemic which has forced the postponement of Euro 2020 and the
Tokyo Olympics.

“We will do everything to complete the championships, if necessary we will
ask for the support of UEFA and FIFA to go beyond June 30 and play also in
July or August,” Gravina told Radio Marte.

“It’s premature to think of a date, but we must think positively, also for
the health of Italians and hope that this situation will end as soon as
possible.”

The FIGC chief had last week expressed his hope that the championship could
resume on the weekend of May 2.

A meeting is scheduled Thursday between the representatives of the Italian
league, FIGC, the players’ union, coaches and the government to evaluate the
future.

“There are many issues,” said Gravina.

As for the suspended championship, Gravina rejected either cancelling or
assigning the title as the table stands where champions Juventus were leading
by a point when the season was halted.

“This would lead to an unpleasant scenario. As long as possible, I will
continue to reject these options.”

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