ROME – Italy’s soccer boss Gabriele Gravina has refused to write the Serie A season due to a coronavirus outbreak, saying the league could extend in July and August if needed.
Italy has seen more coronavirus deaths than any other country, with latest figures showing that 7,503 people have died from the infection in almost a month.
The northern region of Lombardy, in the worst hit, saw a sharp drop in the number of deaths and new infections in the latest figures on Wednesday, raising hopes that the epidemic could slow down the original center of the epic.
However, the optimization was interrupted by warnings from the south, where contagion and deaths were less prevalent but steadily rising.
Serie A has been suspended since March 9 and players from many clubs have tested positive for the virus.
“I’m not easy to give up,” Gravina, the president of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC), said in an interview with Radio Marte.
“As long as there is a chance, I will keep alive the hope of restarting the championships. I know it’s not too early to think about a date, but we should think positively, for health as well. by the Italians, and hope that this situation will end soon. “
There are still 12 days left to play, with many remaining matches, and Gravina estimates the league can be completed in 45 to 60 days. “If we are given the months of July and August, that might be the right time,” he said.
He also stood by an earlier proposal to use a playoff system to decide the league if there was not enough time to complete the original schedule, and said it could be an interesting idea for the future.
“I only suggested it as a lifeboat. But for the future we will work because, for me, it remains an interesting idea and I hope the protagonists will one day share it, to give Serie even more interest. A. (Writing by Brian Homewood Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)