• Serie A: Italian FA boss says he 'sincerely hopes' some fans could return to grounds this season
    13:57 | 02/06/2020

    The head of Italy’s football federation (FIGC) says he hopes that some fans can be allowed back into stadiums to watch Serie A matches before the end of the current season.

    Juventus players returned to group training last week

    Football will restart on June 20 but like other major European leagues Serie A matches will be behind closed doors.

    “It’s a wish, I sincerely hope so,” FIGC president Gabriele Gravina said.

    Also on Monday, Serie A said teams will play twice a week with matches almost every day when the season resumes.

    “It’s hard to imagine that, with all the precautions that are being taken, you cannot have a certain percentage of people in a stadium with 60,000 or 80,000 seats,” Gravina told Italian radio station Radio 24.

    He added that allowing fans into stadiums could be seen as a “sign of hope” for the country.

    Serie A will resume with the four matches postponed from previous rounds. Torino v Parma is the first match on 20 June at 1800 BST followed by Verona v Cagliari.

    Third-placed Inter Milan host Sampdoria the following evening while Atalanta entertain Sassuolo.

    Leaders Juventus restart their campaign at Bologna on 22 June.

    There are just five days between 20 June and the season ending on 2 August that will not feature a game.

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