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Sports Minister says Serie A restart depends on contagion curve

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Serie A's hopes of restarting after the novel coronavirus stoppage will depend on the progress of the contagion curve in the next few days, Italy's Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora said on Tuesday.

FILE PHOTO: Vincenzo Spadafora arrives at Quirinale Presidential Palace, before being sworn in as Italy's sports minister, in Rome, Italy September 5, 2019. REUTERS/Ciro de Luca

19 May 2020 11:36PM

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ROME: Serie A's hopes of restarting after the novel coronavirus stoppage will depend on the progress of the contagion curve in the next few days, Italy's Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora said on Tuesday.

The Italian league has been suspended since March 9 and hopes to start in mid-June but is still waiting for government approval. Deaths from the epidemic in Italy climbed by 99 on Monday, the first tally below 100 since March 9.

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"We all hope that the championship can restart as soon as possible but at the moment there are no certainties, as Prime Minister (Giuseppe) Conte has said," Spadafora told the Italpress news agency.

"If the contagion curve goes down, we can confirm the expected date for the restart but we have to get there gradually, moving with caution and responsibility".

Serie A clubs voted earlier this month to restart on June 13 but the government has since extended its ban on sporting events until June 14.

"The goal is not only to restart the championship but also to finish it," Spadafora added.

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