Live

Repeat: Off The Ball

10:00 PM-12:00 AM

Repeat: Off The Ball
Italian FA President fears Ser...
Soccer

Italian FA President fears Serie A season could be over due to coronavirus

Phil Egan
Phil Egan

10:41 30 Mar 2020

The President of the Italian Footballers’ Association admits it could be time to consider the possibility that the season is over due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Damiano Tommasi was responding to comments made by Italy’s Minister of Sport Vincenzo Spadafora, who is set to propose on Monday a further extension to the suspension of all sport in the country.

Italy is the world’s worst affected country, with the pandemic death toll passing 10,000 over the weekend.

Former Roma midfielder Tommasi believes it is time to face the fact that the season may end here.

Tommasi told ANSA: "Because after the words of Minister Spadafora, the concern that the championships will end here is there.

“You must therefore ask yourself the problem of the end of the season from a sporting point of view, of contracts."

All sporting events have been suspended in Italy until April 3rd and there was some hope that the season could resume on May 3rd but Spafadora does not believe that is possible.

Spadafora told Italian newspaper La Repubblica: "It’s unrealistic to resume play on May 3, tomorrow (Monday), I will propose to extend the stop of sports competitions of all levels for the rest of April.

"Sport is not just football, and football is not just Serie A. I will assign an extraordinary €400 million plan to grassroots sport, to help the amateur level, a fabric that I am sure will be one of the engines of the rebirth."

The Juventus players and coaching staff have agreed to take a wage cut for the next four months during the pandemic.

The agreement's set to be worth around €85 million euro to the club's wage bill - although an increase in pay would be renegotiated if and when the Serie A season is back underway.

Download the brand new OTB Sports App in the Play Store & App Store right now! We've got you covered!

Subscribe to Off The Ball's YouTube channel for more videos, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for the latest sporting news and content.


Read more about

Coronavirus Damiano Tommasi Football Italy Serie A Vincenzo Spadafora

Live: Title

Description

Added to queue
Removed from queue

On Air

Share

Share

Next up in queue

Title
Description
Duration

There are currently no podcasts in the queue

Go to podcasts

On Air

Repeat: Off The Ball

Repeat: Off The Ball

10:00 PM-12:00 AM

Share

Up next

Repeat: OTB AM

Repeat: OTB AM

12:00 AM-02:00 AM

Share

Repeat: Off The Ball

Repeat: Off The Ball

02:00 AM-05:00 AM

Share

Repeat: OTB AM

Repeat: OTB AM

05:00 AM-07:00 AM

Share

Highlights on Off The Ball

Highlights on Off The Ball

07:00 AM-07:30 AM

Share

LIVE: OTB AM

LIVE: OTB AM

07:30 AM-10:00 AM

Share

Repeat: OTB AM

Repeat: OTB AM

10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Share

Highlights on Off The Ball

Highlights on Off The Ball

12:00 PM-01:00 PM

Share

OTB Gold

OTB Gold

01:00 PM-02:00 PM

Share

Highlights on Off The Ball

Highlights on Off The Ball

02:00 PM-05:00 PM

Share

LIVE: Golf Weekly

LIVE: Golf Weekly

05:00 PM-06:00 PM

Share

OTB Gold

OTB Gold

06:00 PM-07:00 PM

Share

LIVE: Newsround

LIVE: Newsround

07:00 PM-07:30 PM

Share

LIVE: John Giles

LIVE: John Giles

07:30 PM-08:00 PM

Share

LIVE Commentary: Liverpool v Chelsea

LIVE Commentary: Liverpool v Chelsea

08:00 PM-11:30 PM

Share

00:00:00 / 00:00:00

Share on