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Italian Sports chief hints rest of 2019-20 Serie A season could also be cancelled

Serie A is being planned to reopen in May but this could not be realised as football chiefs remain at odds with politicians.

Italy’s top-flight tournament, hard-hit by the coronavirus crisis, is now in danger of following French Ligue 1 in cancelling the rest of the season.

That is because clubs are frowning on the politicians’ decision prohibiting them from reopening their trainings grounds even as the imposed lockdown is eased partially on May 4.

Italian FA head Gabriele Gravina had earlier expressed intention to re-open the season this May but Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora said the plans to do so are unrealistic.

On Wednesday, France announced the postponement of Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 the remainder of the 2019-2020 season, which was already mirrored by Belgium and Holland.

Spadafora also said ``the decision in France may push Italy and other European countries to follow that line.’’

The current standoff has left Serie A players, led by Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, to remain waiting for the football season to resume.

The Sports Minister said he sees the path for such resumption ``being narrower and narrower.’’

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