AC Milan's Samu Castillejo kicks from the corner in an empty stadium during the Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Genoa at the San Siro stadium, in Milan. Serie A played on Sunday despite calls from Italy’s sports minister and players’ association president to suspend the games in Italy’s top soccer division.  Photo: Spada/LaPresse via AP
AC Milan's Samu Castillejo kicks from the corner in an empty stadium during the Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Genoa at the San Siro stadium, in Milan. Serie A played on Sunday despite calls from Italy’s sports minister and players’ association president to suspend the games in Italy’s top soccer division. Photo: Spada/LaPresse via AP

Serie A could be annulled or decided by play-offs

By Alberto Cagliano Time of article published Mar 10, 2020

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ROME  The Italian football federation (FIGC) could consider play-offs to assign the Serie A title or decide to annul a season that has been suspended until April 3 as the government tightened measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak.

The ruling body on Tuesday set March 23 to discuss the future of the top flight.

The Serie A could possibly be completed by May 31, a week later than its scheduled end, if it resumes after April 3, it said.

A further option could be giving the league title to the club topping the table at the time of interruption.

In any extension of the season, the FIGC would have to negotiate with European football body UEFA in view of the fact that Euro 2020 begins on June 12 with an opening game in Rome.

Lower divisions can more easily be continued in the next months.

At international level, Italy's friendly against Germany in Nuremberg on March 31 will be played behind closed doors.

Italy also have a friendly four days earlier against England at Wembley, and home friendlies against San Marino in Cagliari on May 29 and the Czech Republic in Bologna on June 4.

Italy is one of 12 countries hosting matches at the June 12-July 12 Euro 2020.

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