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Italian Football Federation (FIGC) President Gabriele Gravina gave some ideas about how the end of the Serie A season.
Serie A matches in Italy have been suspended until April 3, due to coronavirus outbreak.
However, Gravina is confident of finishing the Serie A season.
“There is no alternative. We’re told by projections of mathematical models of the virus’ development. The European Championship is the cap to the almost certain slippage of many leagues. If you don’t remove the cork, the bottle explodes and you risk losing everything,” said Gravina (via Corriero dello Sport).
Gravina confirmed that June 30th was the deadline for the league to be completed, due to players’ contracts.
“We have a deadline. It’s June 30th. Then we’re running down contracts, insurance, licenses. The football year ends. To go any further is to introduce some very exceptional regulatory changes. In two months, we’ll get it all done with certainty. Even if we start in May, it can be done.
“Everyone thinks the only problem is who to award the Scudetto. But we have to establish who goes into the Champions League and the Europa League, who goes down to Serie B, who goes up to Serie A, who goes down to Serie C and who goes up to Serie B. Does that seem small to you?”
On Tuesday when UEFA are expected to push back this summer’s European Championships until next year in order to give domestic leagues time to finish.
“We’ll decide on Tuesday. But one thing must be said. The evolution of the epidemic traces a clear path. We are all involved in the same way. Nobody can think that this is an Italian problem anymore. Our country is only two weeks ahead of the rest of Europe. We must all put our health first and then let common sense prevail. And common sense says that defending only one major European event, scheduled for June, would be a strategic mistake,” said Gravina.