Serie A choose 20th June as return date immediately after Premier League also confirms rate date

After Premier League confirming 17th June as a return date, football in Italy will also resume on 20th June according to reports on Thursday.

It should be remembered that all leagues including Serie A were put on hold as one of the measures to curb the spread of Coronavirus.

Italian Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora confirmed the return of football in Italy on Thursday after a conference call with representatives from the Italian Football Federation (FIGC), the players’ association and the Serie A league.

TURIN, ITALY – MAY 28: Juventus player Cristiano Ronaldo during a training session at JTC on May 28, 2020 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Daniele Badolato – Juventus FC/Juventus FC via Getty Images)

‘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,’ he said. ‘There’s then the possibility that the Italian Cup semifinals and final can be played on June 13 and 17.’

‘If the curve changes and the league has to be stopped again, the Italian football federation has assured me that there exists a plan B – playoffs – and also a plan C – leaving the standings as they are.

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According to Sportsmail, clubs in were allowed to return to team training earlier this month – but matches remained some way off following a government decree banning sporting events until June 15.

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte signed off a motion on Sunday banning ‘any event and sporting competition of any order and discipline’ until June 14.

Spadafora gave the league the all-clear to resume in three weeks time on Thursday, although it will have to wait a week longer than it had initially hoped.

In other leagues, Spain’s prime minister Pedro Sanchez announced on Saturday that La Liga can resume from 8 June. Barcelona lead Real Madrid by two points at the top with 11 rounds of matches to play.

The German Bundesliga season resumed on 16 May, becoming the first major league in Europe to return to competition. All matches are being played behind closed doors with Bayern Munich leading the way on 64 points.

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