The management of the Italian First Football League competition issued a statement late Monday night stating that it had unanimously decided to end the 2019/20 season. In other words, even if the local government ends up allowing it, eight Serie A clubs are seeking a suspension of the championship, per the Italian media. “The Lega Serie A Council unanimously confirmed its intention to end the 2019/20 sports season, if permitted by the government, with full compliance with health and safety rules. The continuation of sports activities, in the so-called Phase 2, will be carried out in accordance with the recommendations FIFA and UEFA, with the decisions of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) and in accordance with the medical protocols to protect everyone involved in the match,” Lega Serie A. has announced.
On Friday, the FIGC announced that it plans to resume the season in late May or early June, calling those who advocate the cancellation of the season as those who like neither football nor the Italians. But according to several Italian media, eight clubs vehemently oppose this decision. Brescia, Turin, Sampdoria, Udinese, SPAL, Genoa, Fiorentina and Cagliari are opposed to continuing the season because of “risks that are impossible to predict”. Of these eight clubs, Cagliari was ranked 12th. Moreover, Italian Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora, who is due to meet with FIGC leaders later this week, said he could not guarantee that he would meet footballers able to return to training on 4 May. This poses a problem, as FIGC President Gabriele Gravina said footballers would have to spend at least three weeks training before returning to the competition.