Italy to ask for Euro 2020 postponement

Last Updated: 15/03/20 6:19pm

Italian FA President Gabriele Gravina hopes Serie A will finish by the end of June
Italian FA President Gabriele Gravina hopes Serie A will finish by the end of June

Italy’s football federation will ask for Euro 2020 to be postponed over the coronavirus outbreak so they can complete the Serie A season.

“We will propose to UEFA the delay of the European Championships,” Gabriele Gravina, president of the Italian Football Federation told the SportMediaset television channel.

“We will try to get to the end of this [domestic] championship because it is fairer and more correct after the many investments and sacrifices of our clubs.”

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The future of European football this summer will be decided by four conference calls on Tuesday
The future of European football this summer will be decided by four conference calls on Tuesday

Top-flight football across Europe has ground to a halt as a result of the spread of the coronavirus, with national and continental club competitions suspended or postponed.

The Premier League and EFL have postponed all fixtures until April 4 and 3 respectively at the earliest.

Representatives of European clubs and leagues and the players will join national federations on an emergency video-conference call organised by UEFA on Tuesday.

Discussions will include Euro 2020 which is due to take place in 12 European countries, including Italy, from 12 June to 12 July.

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Sky Sports’ Bryan Swanson explains why Premier League games might be played in June if UEFA postpones Euro 2020
Sky Sports’ Bryan Swanson explains why Premier League games might be played in June if UEFA postpones Euro 2020

Gravina said he hoped that Serie A could finish by June 30, although he did not rule out extending it for another month.

He also suggested that Italian clubs should not train for the time being.

“If the league were to resume at the beginning of May, I would leave the question of training for the moment.

“Let’s leave the boys at home, they have to recover physical and mental energy”, he added.

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