April 6 – The head of Serie A has warned of a potential “avalanche of litigation” if the domestic season is not completed once Covid-19 eases.
Gabriele Gravina said the season could even be extended to September or October to make sure fixtures are settled on the pitch.
Italy has almost a quarter of the global corona virus death total and football authorities are under pressure to call the season off even though UEFA has called on leagues around Europe to start again whenever governments give the green light.
“The only serious way to handle a serious emergency of this kind is to complete the 2019-2020 season competitions this year,” Gravina told a television broadcast. “We are working on a whole series of possible solutions to manage the situation in the best possible way.”
“Could it finish in September of October? That is one hypothesis. It’s a way to avoid jeopardising not only the 2019-20 season but also the 2020-21 season.”
Serie A has been suspended since March 9 and Gravina said that if the season was abandoned, Italian football could suffer “an avalanche of litigation to which we would be subjected by all those who could be considered damaged in their rights and interests.”
This could include teams who were relegated and those who missed out on European football next season.
“We would really run the risk of the championship taking place only in the courtrooms.”
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