'I hope they can return very quickly', Italian football federation chief on allowing fans in stadiums

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Jun 14, 2020, 08:40 AM(IST)

Italian Serie A football matches: Inter Milan vs SPAL; Juventus vs Sassuolo on December 1, 2019.  Photograph:( AFP )

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Currently, all matches are being played behind closed doors, without spectators.

The chief of  Italy's football federation (FIGC) is hopeful that the stadiums could host some fans from July if the country continues to witness a drop in coronavirus infections. 

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Italy's football season resumed after three months of a halt after a Coppa Italia semi-final second leg between Juventus and AC Milan was played on Friday. The Serie A will restart on June 20. 

Currently, all matches are being played behind closed doors, without spectators.

"Yesterday, we took the last step towards dispelling any doubts about the completion of the championships," FIGC President Gabriele Gravina said in an interview with Radio Deejay on Saturday.

"I'm happy but there is still one piece missing, which is the participation of the fans and I hope they can return very quickly. I hope it will be the beginning of July -- the first week or mid-July at the latest,"

"This will mean that our country has thrown off those final restrictions and that we've come out of this particularly dark moment for our country."

Serbia has allowed their fans into the stadiums whereas Poland will allow 25 per cent capacity of stadiums for the fans from June 19.  

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