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Serie A Is Back And So Is The Title Race

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Hot on the heels of the Premier League decision to resume playing matches next month behind closed doors, it has announced that Serie A would also e resuming its season next month.

Italy’s top flight is to get back underway from June 20, all being well, with the Coppa Italia semifinal second legs and final to be held during the week prior.

It means four of Europe’s top-five leagues are committed to finishing the coronavirus-disrupted campaign, with only Ligue 1 having declared the season over.

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Serie A To Return June 13 or 20

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Italian Minister for Sport Vincenzo Spadafora confirms Serie A could resume ‘on June 13 or 20,’ while there is the possibility of showing games free to air on television.

Italy is already well into Phase Two of the coronavirus pandemic response, with deaths and new cases falling daily for several weeks.

“We are working on two possible dates to begin Serie A games, on June 13 or 20,” Spadafora told Rai TG3.

“The protocol arrived for resuming the season and it is very similar to the one that was agreed for training. On Thursday, we’ll decide if and when to resume.”

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Juventus Impose Salary Cap

Juventus were the first big club to demand wage concessions from their players when Serie A stopped playing, a move that others across Europe quickly followed.

Are Juve trendsetters again as they have become the first Italian club to launch their own salary cap? Will other clubs follow this lead, leading to a reduction in wages across the top clubs in Europe?

From next season, the Serie A giants will hand out contracts worth a maximum of €9million a year, which works out at around €173,000 a week.

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Serie A Problems With COVID Protocol

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According to the Corriere della Sera, only three out of 20 Serie A clubs – Juventus, Lazio and Genoa – have approved the medical protocols for returning amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Football in Italy has been shut down for six weeks and the Government lockdown measures should be eased from May 4, including a return to training with social distancing.

However, the FIGC protocol to ensure player safety has not been entirely welcome, with the Corriere della Sera newspaper claiming only three out of 20 clubs and their medical staff have approved the system.

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Transfers: Icardi to Juventus Could Cost PSG 98m

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Inter Milan are desperate to sell former captain Mauro Icardi, but they don’t want to sell him to domestic rival.

Which is why when Inter sent Icardi on loan to PSG last summer, they included a clause that if PSG purchased Icardi and then immediately sold him to another Serie A club, that Inter would receive an additional €15m.

To take Icardi on loan, PSG paid a €13m loan fee and covered his wages. Icardi for his part settled in well in Lique 1, scoring 20 goals and adding four assists in 31 competitive games.

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Champions League Matches To Resume In August?

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UEFA are expected to present their plans for the Champions League, played from August 7-31 with a game every three days until the Final on August 29.

A series of meetings have been set up for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday next week, to discuss how to proceed in concluding the 2019-20 season amid a coronavirus pandemic.

According to Sky Sport Italia, the idea is to play the Cup competitions from August 7, after all the domestic leagues across Europe have reached their conclusion.

The most likely option will see the second leg fixtures left over from the Champions League Round of 16, which include Juventus-Lyon and Barcelona-Napoli, on August 7-8.

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FIGC Determined To Restart The Serie A Season

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Italy’s leading infectious diseases specialist confirms “Serie A could resume in a month’s time, behind closed doors and with rigorous measures.”

The FIGC (Italian Football Federation) wrote up the protocol for getting players and staff back on the pitch in as much safety as possible after the coronavirus pandemic.

They are aiming to start training from May 4, with games taking place from May 30-31.

“As things stand today, the Serie A campaign could not resume, but it could do in a month’s time, albeit behind closed doors and with rigorous measures,” said Giovanni Rezza, director of the Department for Infectious Diseases at the Istituto Superiore di Sanità.

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No Fans At Serie A Games Until January 2021?

While Serie A is pushig to restart games at the end of May, those games will be in empty stadiums. And that situation will not change for the foreseeable future according to reports.

There are multiple reports the lockdown order will be eased from May 4, allowing players to train, so they can resume the fixture list from circa May 31.

However, those games will be played behind closed doors and it’s a situation that could last longer than previously anticipated.

According to Sport Mediaset, a leaked Government document suggests we might not see fans in Italian stadiums until January 2021.

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Brescia President: “We Will Not Play Again This Season”

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Brescia President Massimo Cellino warns he will “simply not let my team play, even if it means docked points,” attacking Lazio chief Claudio Lotito for wanting the Serie A season to go on.

The 2020-21 campaign was halted a month ago due to the coronavirus pandemic and the country remains under lockdown, but those measures are expected to ease from May 4.

At that date, players should be able to resume training in small groups, with the idea of playing games from May 31.

“I reiterate that if they the games again, I will simply not let my team play,” Cellino told the Giornale di Brescia newspaper.

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Italian Health Experts: ‘No To Season Resuming’

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The Italian National Institute of Health (ISS) says it ‘wouldn’t be in favour’ of the season resuming.

The FIGC, Serie A and sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora are all in agreement over completing the 2019-20 campaign as soon as it is safe enough to do so.

It had been suggested that training could start again once the first phase of lockdown ends on May 3, with a view to possibly ending the season by August.

However, the ISS, the leading technical-scientific body of the Italian health service, believes 2019-20 should be written off.