The Italian season will resume with the ultimate stages of the Coppa Italia before the Serie A gets under way on June 20, following a vote by the 20 top-tier clubs on Friday.
On Thursday, the Italian government’s technical-scientific committee approved a revised medical protocol to stage Serie A games,
giving the all-clear for the league to restart following the coronavirus stoppage.
The Coppa Italia final are going to be played on June 17, but it didn’t give any dates for the semi-final second leg matches,
Napoli vs Inter Milan and Juventus vs AC Milan, which even have to be played.
Serie A was the primary of Europe’s major leagues to be suffering from the coronavirus pandemic,
with games postponed and played behind closed doors before the league was halted completely on March 9.
The clubs also voted to restart Serie A on the weekend of June 20-21 with four outstanding matches postponed earlier within the
competition: Atalanta vs Sassuolo, Hellas Verona vs Cagliari, Inter vs Sampdoria and Torino vs Parma.
The Italian Football Federation will choose the time frames for Serie A games but it’s expected that teams will play every three days across three different time slots: at 5pm, 7.15pm, and 9.30pm (Italian time).
“It was a really useful meeting and, as we had said from the beginning , football was always getting to resume once we had the
conditions to make sure safety and therefore the committee gave the go-ahead to the protocol,” Italy’s sports minister Spadafora said on Thursday.
“Italy is getting back on target and it’s only fair that football should too. The committee agreed with the protocol, but confirmed absolutely the necessity for a quarantine period if a player tests positive.
“We also received guarantees the method of player testing won’t affect or detract from the overall population’s access to testing in any way.”
The revised medical protocol includes a rule which can force Serie A clubs to place their whole team and staff on a two-week quarantine period should a person from the group test positive for COVID-19.
Spadafora says should Serie A not be ready to play out its remaining fixtures,
it might resort to introducing a play-off stage or freeze its current standings.