Serie A clubs wait for Italian government to rubber stamp June 13 return

May 14 – Serie A clubs have voted to resume their domestic season on June 13, pending approval from the Italian government.

Sixteen clubs voted in favour of that date on Wednesday, while the remaining four wanted to resume the following weekend.

The decision comes after confirmation by Italian sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora that a medical protocol has been agreed by the government and the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) to allow Serie A teams to resume group training from May 18.

Serie A was suspended on March 9 with 12 full rounds still to play. Juventus, chasing their ninth consecutive Serie A title, lead Lazio by a point.

At least 19 Serie A players have tested positive for coronavirus since the league was suspended on March 9. Under the strict protocol if a single player or staff member tests positive after May 18, the entire squad will have to go into quarantine for 15 days, potentially causing further disruption.

Italian reports said a June 13 restart would give Italian clubs enough time to finish off both the Serie A season and the Coppa Italia, which was halted after the first leg of both semi-finals. UEFA say domestic leagues have to finish by August 2.

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