- Serie A has been suspended since early March when the coronavirus broke out in the country
- The sports minister believes the chances of a league return is very slim
- Italy was one of the hardest hit European countries by the virus
- The government is unwilling to reopen stadium as it remains wary of another viral spread of the virus
The Italian Serie A is currently in limbo over a possible return after the sports minister strongly hinted at the possibility of annulment.
With the likes of Netherlands and France abandoning their respective football seasons after government banned sporting activities, Italy looks set to follow suit due to disagreements between football chiefs and the government.
Reports from Daily Mail indicate Serie A chiefs are unhappy with the government for completely refusing to re-open training grounds despite the fact that lockdown is set to be eased from May 4.
In March, Italy was the hardest hit with the coronavirus after the origin nation of the bug China.
There is however slight hope for the Serie A, especially since Italian FA chief executive Gabriele Gravina is very determined to see the season have a natural conclusion.
The biggest issue would be the government who remain skeptical about risking another deadly spread by allowing sporting activities.
Because training grounds are yet to re-open, players are set to train in parks and in their own premises for fitness.
Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora however does not feel too optimistic about the resumption of football, especially because the government ultimately has the final say.
“I honestly see the path for the resumption being narrower and narrower. The decision in France may push Italy and other European countries to follow that line,” he said as quoted by Daily Mail.
Vincenzo was also of the opinion that football chiefs in Italy needed to come up with another plan in the event the government completely ruled out a football return.
“The people who run the game – I'm talking about the Italian FA and the Football League – need to come up with a plan B. Following scientific advice, we will decide in the next few days about the resumption of the season,” he said.
In Germany , the Bundesliga still maintained its May 9 return date, with a number of stringent measures put in place to ensure players and the public’s safety.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that French football has been dealt a major blow as the Ligue 1 and 2 were on Tuesday, April 28, cancelled amid a coronavirus pandemic.
It was gathered that the two top leagues in France were cancelled amid intentions by the French FA to begin the 2020/2021 season in September.
The move was prompted by the government’s decision to ban sporting activities until at least September as resuming anytime soon was seen as infeasible.
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announce the cancellation of the 2019/2020 league season on Tuesday, April 28.
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