Italian Football Season May Not Finish Due To Coronavirus
March. 11, 2020
The Italian football federation (FIGC) have concluded on Tuesday the Serie A season might not finish due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The FIGC confirmed in a press release that all sport events, including Serie A would be suspended until at least April 3 following a government decree issued on Monday as Italy began an nationwide lockdown imposed to control the rapid spread of the coronavirus in Italy.
The president of the FIGC, Gabriele Gravina had put out three different scenerios in case the championship could not be concluded which would be discussed at a meeting on March 23.
One possibility would be to have play-offs to decide the champion and the clubs that would be relegated to Serie B, the statement said.
A second possibility would be to declare the current league standings to be final - which would result in Juventus winning the title by one point from Lazio - and a third would be to not declare a champion this season.
The last time Serie A was concluded without a champion was in the 04/05 season when Juventus were stripped of the title in the Calciopoli match-fixing scandal and it was not re-assigned.
The winner of Serie A has been previously decided by a play-off in 1964 when Bologna beat Inter Milan after the two finished level on points.
Should Serie A resume on April 4, which is a very unlikely scenerio under the current circumstances, 12 rounds of fixtures have to be played by May 24, which is a daunting task given the number of midweek dates reserved for European competition.
Gravina also proposed extending the season until May 31.
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