Series A clubs agree to end the season in accordance with government guidelines

MILAN: Italy 's A series clubs on Friday reiterated their unanimous desire to complete the football season interrupted amidst the coronavirus crisis.

The emergency Lega A series assembly via video of the 20 top flight clubs came after Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora this week said the chances of restarting were "increasingly narrow".

Lega A series president Paolo Dal Pino He declared his openness to dialogue with the government from a constructive and collaborative perspective, obtaining in this position the full agreement of all the clubs.

The top flight clubs have repeatedly insisted that they want to finish the 2019-20 campaign which has been suspended since March 9 amid the health crisis which has killed nearly 28,000 people in Italy .

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Clubs would like to resume training by May 18 at the latest and start playing again the weekend of June 13-14.

The president of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC), Gabriele Gravina, had said that a cancellation would be the death of Italian football and that it would never sign the end of the championship.

Gravina estimates that Italian football would suffer losses of up to 800 million euros ($ 870 million) in television rights, sponsors, ticket sales and marketing in case the season is canceled.

On Thursday, Spadafora told public broadcaster RAI that the government would help as much as possible to make sure that football 's finances are damaged as little as possible, remarks which Dal Pino said he appreciated.

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