Italian Football Federation (FIGC) president Gabriele Gravina has just confirmed that Juventus have made a surprising decision for the Serie A 2019-20 season. Maurizio Sarri’s side currently sits at the top of the Italian top-league, as they lead by one point to Lazio with 12 games remaining for the current campaign.
With the novel coronavirus suspending the league to 13 April and Italy being one of the countries most affected by the pandemic, there have been talks of scrapping the campaign and declaring Juventus champions for a ninth consecutive season. Italy has been under national lockdown for three weeks now and though the situation is expected to stabilities sooner than later. But the Italian champions are said to have rejected the notion they should be awarded the title in that manner.
The top priority is completing the season, The idea is to start from May 20 or early June, to end in July.
There’s even been talk of August and September. I’ve made it clear that I’d hate to take the risk of compromising another season to save this one.
I think scrapping the season would be rather complex. It would be a grave injustice, which would lead to a legal emergency during an epidemiological one.
Only the Scudetto would need assigning and Juventus themselves, I believe, have expressed a dislike of such of a solution.Gabriele Gravina, President Italian Football Federation (FIGC) told TMW Radio.
Though Fiorentina and Torino owners are confident the league will be unable to finish.
Meanwhile, Brescia president Massimo Cellino also said that it makes no sense to try to complete the Serie A season and that he would rather forfeit matches than put his team on the pitch.
Surprisingly, Belgium became the first European top-tier league to cancel the rest of its season and crowned Club Brugge as league champions on Thursday.
UEFA, the European Club Association and the European Leagues umbrella group sent a joint letter to their members saying it was of “paramount importance” that competitions, including domestic leagues, were decided on the field.