Lega Serie A, the organising body of the top division of Italian club football, has said its 2019-20 season will resume with a meeting between Torino and Parma, as Italian Football Federation (FIGC) president Gabriele Gravina expressed his hope that fans could return to stadia as early as next month.
Lega Serie A yesterday (Monday) published a fixture list recommencing on June 20 and finishing on August 2, with matches to be held almost every day during this period as the organisation seeks to complete the remaining 12 rounds of games, plus four matches outstanding when the season was suspended due to Covid-19 on March 9.
Serie A clubs had voted to resume the competition on June 13 before a government decree later ruled that sports could not return until the following day. The resumptions on 20 June was eventually agreed upon after the country’s Sports Minister, Vincenzo Spadafora, last week gave the league the green light for the competition to restart.
The 2019-20 season will restart with the four matches postponed from earlier rounds. Torino-Parma will kick off at 7pm local time on June 20 followed by Verona v Cagliari. Inter Milan v Sampdoria and Atalanta v Sassuolo will take place on the following day.
The majority of weekend matchdays will run from Saturday to Monday and midweek rounds from Tuesday to Thursday. Most games will take place at night to avoid the summer heat, with the earliest ones kicking off at 5:15pm and other kick-off slots at 7:30pm and 9:45pm.
The restart of Serie A will be preceded by the Coppa Italia semi-final second legs, potentially on June 13, with the final on June 17. Regarding the potential to return of fans to Italy’s stadia, Gravina told local broadcaster Radio24: “I sincerely hope to be able to see a small presence at the stadium for the end of the championship.
“It is unthinkable that in a stadium with 60,000 spectators there can be no space for a minimum percentage with all the necessary precautions. It is certainly premature today, but another small sign of hope could come for our country. It would be a way to reward the fans of Italian football for their many sacrifices and sufferings.”