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Those calling for Serie A cancellation 'don't like football or Italians'- Gravina

Italian Football Federation (FIGC) president Gabriele Gravina claimed those opposed to the resumption of the 2019/20 Serie A season “don’t like football or Italians.” 

Serie A was suspended indefinitely in March due to the coronavirus pandemic and the FIGC has already stated that the campaign will not resume unless everyone is safe and their health is guaranteed.

Gabriele Gravina
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Gravina hit out at those calling for the cancellation of the season, which has been postponed since last month due to Covid-19. Italy’s Minister for Sport, Vincenzo Spadafora may confirm May 4 as the date for the return of Serie A training as soon as possible, with the current restrictions on movement and outdoor activities set to end on May 3.

Defending champions Juventus were a point clear of Lazio through 26 games at the time of postponement and Gravina hit all the people who did not feel the urge to have a complete season.

Gravina told Rai Radio, “I share minister Spadafora’s hope of resuming on May 4, with all due caution and guarantees. It’s a complex movement for our country, economy and football, which is one of the most important industries. With a sense of responsibility, availability and common sense, we’ll find the right way.”

“Those proposing to invoke the cancellation of the season don’t like football or Italians and want to take away the hope of future and restarting football. I’ll hold out until the end. We’ve developed a strict and careful but flexible health protocol, which we’ll deliver to ministers Spadafora and Speranza on Saturday.”

“As for restarting with the Coppa Italia semi-finals, this program concerns just Serie A. We’re still waiting for the calendar. I hope everyone is able to play in their own stadiums. If it’s not possible then we’ll look at alternative solutions.” In Italy, at least, 22,700 people have died from coronavirus, while more than 172,400 cases have been reported.

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