Serie A officials have ruled out the possibility of completing the season via the play-offs, insisting all fixtures can be met – but the 2019/20 campaign must be completed by August 31.
Italian football has been suspended since early March, when the country became Europe’s worst-hit by the coronavirus. But many believe that calcium may continue now that the number of new cases and deaths is decreasing each day.
US Sassuolo v Brescia Calcio – Serie A / Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images
Sky Sport Italia reports that the FIGC has voted against the play-offs being used to determine the eventual winners, as well as the relegation places in Italy’s top three leagues – while Serie A, B And C should be finished by August 20, with all football ending ten days later.
This deadline is crucial for football’s governing body, as they intend to start the 2020/21 Serie A campaign on September 1, according to Football Italia. The Italian football outlet also reported that it is increasingly likely that football in Serie D and below will be cancelled, with no intention of completing the remaining fixtures.
The football landscape in Italy is constantly changing as they look for a fair and appropriate way to end the 2019/20 season. But many are aware that there is an unprecedented possibility of Juventus missing out on the title for the first time in nine years, as dark horse Lazio mount an incredible assault on their Scudetto reign.
SS Lazio training session / Marco Rossi / Getty Images
Le Aquile currently sit a point behind I Bianconeri in the table, and Serie A audiences are eager to see them play out authentically and appropriately this season – with plenty of hope of an upset in the title race.
So it looks like calcium is about to make a comeback – or not, maybe. The Italian federation confirmed on Tuesday that there would be no matches before June 14, leaving just six weeks to complete the campaign.