Serie A gets June 20 return date after 2 months of suspension

Serie A gets June 20 return date after 2 months of suspension

- Serie A will finally return to action on June 20

- The Italian sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora confirmed the news adding that the season must end by August 20

- Matches were last played in the European country on March 9 after it was badly hit by the deadly coronavirus

Football action in Italy has been given the green light to return on June 20 after about eight weeks of suspension due to coronavirus pandemic.

The country's sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora confirmed the latest development, adding that the 2019-20 season must end by August 20.

Serie A has been on suspension since March 9 shortly after Juventus recorded their first COVID-19 case, however, the players have resumed training since early May.

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According to BBC, the Italian football federation (FIGC) resolved in one of their crucial meetings that the league has to come to an end by August 20.

The country's apex football body revealed that it intended to ensure the top three divisions conclude their seasons properly.

It added that should there be any reason for any of them to be halted again, then they will proffer other means of wrapping it up - a play-off would have to be devised.

Meanwhile, the owner of Serie A bottom side Brescia believes the decision to bring back football in the face of the pandemic was a "crazy decision".

"It's too much for the players," he told BBC World Service's World Football show.

"We stopped [training] for two months. It is dangerous to restart it playing three games a week. So I'm worried about injuries and the hot weather which is going to be terrible in Italy more than Germany."

But Super Eagles defender who plays for Udinese William Troost-Ekong has a contrary opinion on the return of football despite the impact of COVID-19 on the world at the moment.

He said: "It's lifted everybody's spirits, As long as we can do it in the right way without too many risks and setting the right example for the country, I think it's a good thing to be doing."

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There are 12 rounds of matches left to be played this campaign with Juventus leading the log with 63 points - one better than second-place Lazio.

Inter Milan started the season on a very bright note after the importation of some quality players but they are already drifting away from the title contention.

Coach Antonio Conte's men are third on the table with 54 points - nine points shy of the leaders but have one match in hand. earlier reported that English Premier League clubs have voted for the season to restart on Wednesday, June 17 with Arsenal facing off with Manchester City at the Etihad.

According to SunSport, the new fixture upon return will also see Aston Villa take on Sheffield United in the first games back after the break.

Plans were in place for the season to resume on Friday 19 June, but the Telegraph claim that has been scrapped.

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