Italy’s Sports Minister has confirmed that the Serie A returns on June 20.
Italy’s top football division was suspended sometime in March due to the Coronavirus pandemic, but the Serie A clubs were recently permitted to resume training earlier this month.
On Thursday, after a meeting with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora announced that it is their intention for the league season to return next month.
The Coppa Italia semi-final games are set to be held on June 13, thereafter the Serie A gets underway the following weekend.
“Italy is starting up again and it is only right football does too,” Spadafora said.
“The league resumes on June 20 as I have already made consultations with Prime Minister Conte. I hope we can complete the Coppa Italia in the week from June 13 to June 30. It would be a signal to the benefit of all Italians, due to the fact that it is a televised competition,” he added.
Furthermore, Spadafora said: “My wish is coming true for the whole world of sport to resume again and at the same time. We deny the rumors that I had any reservations about the world of football.”
Titleholders Juventus, were one point clear of Lazio at the top of the table with 12 league games left to play before the season was suspended. They were scheduled to play AC Milan in Turin in the return leg of the Coppa Italia, with the first leg having ended in a one-all draw.
The other semi-final fixture was to witness Napoli play Inter Milan at the San Paolo Stadium after Napoli defeated Inter Milan by a lone goal in the first leg.
The news to resume the Italian Serie A just comes after the English Premier League made known its intentions to continue its 2919/2020 campaign on June 17 after it also suspended its league in March.