Sampdoria player get together in an empty Luigi Ferraris stadium prior to the Serie A soccer match between Sampdoria and Verona, in Genoa, Italy, Sunday, March 8, 2020. Photo: Tano Pecoraro/LaPresse via AP
Sampdoria player get together in an empty Luigi Ferraris stadium prior to the Serie A soccer match between Sampdoria and Verona, in Genoa, Italy, Sunday, March 8, 2020. Photo: Tano Pecoraro/LaPresse via AP

Italian football to request Euro 2020 postponement at UEFA meeting

By DPA Time of article published Mar 16, 2020

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Rome – The Italian football federation (FIGC) and the Serie A clubs have suggested a postponement of Euro 2020 to allow the conclusion of the domestic season after the end of the coronavirus emergency.

"Rescheduling is the path to follow in this moment," FIGC boss Gabriele Gravina told public broadcaster Rai Radio 1 on Monday, hours before the Lega Serie A held a conference call among the 20 top flight clubs.

"The clubs have confirmed their will to complete the league as soon as the government and sanitary conditions will allow it. This is the Lega's stand ahead of (Tuesday's) UEFA meeting," the Lega said.

As the Italian government issued a decree to lock down the country from March 9 to 25, the FIGC halted all sporting activities until April 3, leaving the Serie A with 12 matchdays to go and four games to be rescheduled.

The Italian Cup semi-finals and final also remain to be played, while five clubs are still competing in continental events.

Gravina said Italian football will seek "an act of responsibility" from ruling body UEFA and Europe's domestic federations to safeguard the health of footballers and fans.

Rome's Stadio Olimpico is to host on June 12 the opening game of the event, which is staged in 11 continental cities. UEFA had originally asked to have the Olimpico available for preparations on May 18, with both Rome sides, Lazio and Roma, playing away games on the May 24 closing date.

Envisioning a postponement of Euro 2020, the Serie A has been considering possible condensed formats to wrap up the season.

DPA

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