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Italy’s Serie A can resume on June 20 after a three-month absence in a country hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora said on Thursday. No top-flight matches have been played since Sassuolo beat Brescia 3-0 on March 9, before the championship was suspended by a pandemic which has killed over 33,000 people in Italy.
Empty stadiums, distant celebrations, masked substitutes, and the sound of the ball piercing the net, that’s how European football marked its return when Bundesliga continued their campaign after a break of almost two months because of the coronavirus outbreak globally.
The announcement comes after the Premier League confirmed that the season will restart on June 17. Earlier, Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has given Serie A clubs permission to start team training from May 18.
Serie A Set To Resume Action From June 20
“The Technical and Scientific Committee gave its agreement on the protocol and the federation assured me that it had a plan B and a plan C,” Spadafora said after a meeting with Italian football chiefs.
“In the light of these considerations, the championship can resume on June 20,” he added.
Bundesliga Set The Benchmark For The Return
It is notable that Bundesliga became the first league across Europe’s top five leagues to resume their campaign after the onslaught of the coronavirus pandemic for two months. Bundesliga resumed with using draconian hygiene guidelines, regular testing of players and insisting on games in near-empty stadiums. Hugging, embracing and handshakes were also banned.
Spain’s premier football league, La Liga is also set to return from June 8 next month. The Spanish Prime Minister, on Saturday, confirmed the resumption of the league with effect from June 8. La Liga clubs have already started training after having a break of almost two months due to the onslaught of the coronavirus pandemic.