Serie A could return on 'June 13 or 20': Spadafora

Vincenzo Spadafora spoke about the coronavirus-hit Serie A campaign, which could restart next month.

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A decision on the season is expected on Thursday as Serie A looks to follow in the footsteps of Germany's Bundesliga, which resumed on May 15.A decision on the season is expected on Thursday as Serie A looks to follow in the footsteps of Germany's Bundesliga, which resumed on May 15.   -  Getty Images

Italy's minister for sport Vincenzo Spadafora said the Serie A season could resume on "June 13 or 20" following the coronavirus outbreak.

COVID-19 has wreaked havoc globally, with the Serie A campaign suspended in March due to the pandemic.

A decision on the season is expected on Thursday as Serie A looks to follow in the footsteps of Germany's Bundesliga, which resumed on May 15.

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"We are working on two possible dates to begin Serie A games, on June 13 or 20," Spadafora told Rai TG3.

"The protocol arrived for resuming the season and it is very similar to the one that was agreed for training. On Thursday, we'll decide if and when to resume."

Defending champion Juventus was a point clear of Lazio through 26 games when the league was halted.

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"This emergency has shown some critical issues in the world of football that we will face in a general reform that will happen before the end of the summer," Spadafora said.

"Among those issues we include allowing women's football players to become professional athletes."

- Players happy to restart Serie A season if conditions are met: AIC chief -

Italian Footballers' Association (AIC) president Damiano Tommasi insisted players were happy to return to action amid the coronavirus pandemic.

While raising numerous issues, Tommasi said the players wanted to play if it is safe to do so.

"If the conditions are met, the players are happy to start again," he told Sky Sports on Sunday.

"Criticising does not mean being against the recovery. Temperatures, travel and more – the critical issues are there and we highlight them.

"But the desire is to play in the best possible way anyway," he said.

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